Jawi in bahasa melayu textbooks Minister of Education Dr. Maszlee Malik speaks during the 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2019 at the Setia City Convention Centre in Setia Alam, Selangor. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 02 AUGUST 2019
Minister of Education Dr. Maszlee Malik speaks during the 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2019 at the Setia City Convention Centre in Setia Alam, Selangor. PIX: AFFAN FAUZI / MalaysiaGazette / 02 AUGUST 2019

By Shawaliah Hadir

KLANG – The Ministry of Education will issue an official statement on the proposal to introduce Jawi writing in all national text books, including for Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC).

Its minister, Dr. Maszlee Malik refused to comment on the matter when contacted by the journalists today.

“I will issue a statement later,” he said briefly after the launch of The 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) 2019 at the Setia Alam Convention Centre today.

His deputy, Teo Nie Ching also took the same approach and remained tight-lipped on the matter.

Recently, the Deputy Minister of Education announced the introduction of Jawi writing in all national text books, including SJKC and Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT). It will introduce the art of khat writing (Islamic calligraphy) in the text books for Year Four to Six next year.

However, the proposal was objected by the United Chinese School Committees’ Association (Dong Zong) and United Chinese School Teachers’ Association of Malaysia (Jiao Zong) as they found that the introduction of khat and jawi writing in Bahasa Melayu for Year Four students next year is unsuitable and irrelevant.

The group was said to have mobilised protests, which include SJKT on the decision.

It was reported that a total of 138 grassroots leader from DAP, including 13 state assemblyman had joined the move on the protest. -MalaysiaGazette

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