You can call it fetish yes... Even a big family trying to make their own uniform. I am Indonesian, and we have to grow up with this uniform in my whole youth life, boys scout, SD, SMP, SMA, driving me crazy. And all that stupid colors !!! I took my revenge when I sat at university to wear the most craziest, colorfull dresses.And still, some dresses is out of the questions. We were not allowed to use an open shoes, you know how hot is Surabaya ?
It is a fetish, and lust of making profit from all of this uniform. The supplier is mostly one of the employee.It is a crap. But if Indonesian doens't wear uniform, or essential rules in clothing, you would get headache. There is still a very big gap between poor, middle or rich. And clothes is showing who you are (how rich you are, etc). I bet it is not that bad for school, but for employees, I think it is really childish. It is also the heritage from the socialist era, when all those socialist communist are really crazy of those uniforms, colors and symbols. But those "bapak-bapak" wearing uniform, right now, is a sign of hierarchy, indeed discipline, (so you can spot somebody suppose to work and walking on the big malls) .. I can understand for military officers, but I don't for those "pegawai negeri".