KOTA KINABALU: The government should respect the constitutional rights of everyone, including those who have a conflicting view on khat calligraphy, says the opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).
PBS deputy president Datuk Yee Moh Chai said Dong Zong had voiced their views on the matter but was instead accused of being racist by many, including prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“Dong Zong had merely articulated the unacceptability of teaching khat to Year 4 pupils in school, ” he said in a statement here Wednesday (Aug 14).
He said Dong Zong was just saying what many of the Chinese community in this country thought.
Yee said there was no need to immediately accuse Dong Zong of being racist, when racism is the last thing that the Dong Zong was trying to promote by stating their view on the matter.
He said it is agreed that it would be beneficial for children to learn as many languages as possible but in reality, no one can deny that the existing syllabuses and timetable were already too much.
“If this government is serious in improving the educational system, then our students must be imparted with knowledge that would make them more competitive in the region, and globally, ” he said.
Yee said he does not see how learning khat calligraphy can contribute to this and maybe the government could share their thoughts on this matter.