‘Respect court’s decision on teaching of Jawi script’


KUALA LUMPUR: All should respect the government’s decision to have Jawi script taught to pupils in Chinese and Tamil schools following a court ruling allowing this to be taught in vernacular schools, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof.

“With Gerakan taking the matter to court and the court having made a ruling that the Jawi script can be taught in Chinese and Tamil schools, we should all respect the decision.

“It’s not a political decision but a decision by the court,” he said after opening an International Academic Seminar: Exploring the Future of Education, “Concepts, Methodologies and Pragmatics” here yesterday.

The Penang High Court last Thursday dismissed a suit by Gerakan to challenge the government’s decision to implement the teaching of Jawi script in vernacular schools.

Gerakan had filed the suit in September through its president, Dominic Lau Hoe Chai, who named Education Minister Maszlee Malik, his deputy Teo Nie Ching and the Federal Government as respondents.

On child marriage, Mujahid said there was still hope for all states in the country to amend the legal minimum age limit of marriage to 18.

Six states, he said, had agreed to tighten the standard operating procedures on the minimum marriage age limit.

So far, only Selangor has amended the minimum age limit for marriage, while the Federal Territory is in the process of amending it.

Penang, Sabah, Johor, Melaka, Perak and Kedah have all agreed to amend their laws on the minimum age limit for marriage while Sarawak, Pahang, Terengganu, Perlis, Negri Sembilan and Kelantan are against it. — Bernama

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