Dong Zong to organise petition opposing khat lessons in vernacular schools

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 10 Aug 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong) will reportedly organise a petition to oppose the teaching of khat (Jawi calligraphy) in vernacular schools.

Dong Zong chairman Tan Tai Kim was quoted by online news portal Malaysiakini saying that the campaign will be supported by several Chinese associations, education boards, parent-teacher associations and alumni groups and also Tamil education groups.

Tan said the association respected Islamic culture and khat as well as efforts to foster racial ties.

According to Malaysiakini, the petition will call for the Education Ministry to only retain the introduction of khat alongside Chinese and Tamil writing for the Year 5 Bahasa Malaysia syllabus.

After the plan to introduce khat in Year Four next year sparked a rash of reactions among various groups, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said it would be taught in Chinese and Tamil primary schools but the number of lessons would be reduced to three pages instead of the six originally planned.

“What we hope for is that a new generation of Malaysians of all races can recognise and know the basics of khat, which is a national treasure.

“The introduction of khat is important as it is part of Bahasa Melayu heritage, in line with its position as the national language and language of unity, ” Maszlee was reported as saying.

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