‘Postpone plan for Jawi calligraphy in primary schools’


Compiled by RAHIMY RAHIM, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

HUAZONG is urging the government to put aside the implementation of Jawi calligraphy in primary schools for the time being and cancel this year’s attempt by the Education Ministry to send out questionnaires to parents on the matter, Sin Chew Daily reported.

Its president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan hopes the Cabinet would instead consider Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon’s proposal last month to introduce a multilingual resource manual which includes native languages of Peninsular Malaysia as well as Sabah and Sarawak.

In a statement, he urged the Selangor State Education Department to withdraw its recent plan to conduct a new questionnaire on parents’ willingness to accept the introduction of Jawi calligraphy in Year Four and Year Five Bahasa Malaysia textbooks.

He pointed out that according to a survey done last year by the Education Ministry across 1,297 Chinese vernacular schools and 524 Tamil vernacular schools around the country, 97.3% and 99.6% of them had opposed

the implementation.

“Huazong fully supports Dong Jiao Zong and other Indian education bodies on their views on the matter.

“We want to highlight that both the Chinese and Indian communities do not oppose Jawi or disrespect Islam, but merely intend to uphold cultural diversity in the country, ” he said.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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