Khat Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Malay World and Civilisation, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Prof. Datuk Dr. Teo Kok Seong in an interview about the conflicts of national unity and threats to national security. FILE PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 12 DECEMBER 2018.
Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Malay World and Civilisation, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Prof. Datuk Dr. Teo Kok Seong in an interview about the conflicts of national unity and threats to national security. FILE PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / MalaysiaGazette / 12 DECEMBER 2018.

KUALA LUMPUR – The education system in Malaysia is feared to fail anytime when the final decisions on education and learning lies on the hands of politicians and not the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Each upgrade and improvement in the national education system is backed by research and review by accredited experts.

Saddened by the Cabinet’s decision that no action will be taken against any vernacular schools that refuse to teach khat for Year 4 to 6 Bahasa Melayu next year, Prof Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong said that the move was truly disappointing.

According to him, a noble cause was side lined by the pressure of politicians and those who objected to the teaching of khat writing in SJKC and SJKT.

“Whatever that is decided by the experts, the politicians will then make the decision. Other than politicking, what do these politicians know?

“They do not have the expertise. They do not have the justifications on the benefit of learning khat, which is full of aesthetic value in the eyes of the world,” he told MalaysiaGazette.

He also feared that the process of instilling national identity in the future generation may not meet its objectives. According to Kok Seong, every student in the primary and secondary schools is compulsory to learn three national building subjects, which is, the Malay Language, History and Islam or Moral.

When the khat art is included in Bahasa Melayu but not compulsory for SJKC and SJKT, therefore, only one party fulfils the process of national building while the others do not.

“As a result of this, we will witness an ununiformed Malaysians. It is not complete. The national identity and aspiration is not whole and on the contrary, it would be different due to the Cabinet’s decision today.

“The government should not make decisions like this. If they are serious about building a whole nation state, all students must be made compulsory to learn through the process. There should be no exemptions for the vernacular schools.

“You need to remember that Bahasa Melayu is the identity of Malaysia. We are not talking about the introduction of Taiwan history in schools. We are talking about Bahasa Melayu.

“Therefore if SKJC and SJKT do not go through the same processes as the national schools, the nation state will fail. It will happen,” he emphasized.

Kok Seong also alleged that those who protested on the introduction of khat are people who are afraid of their own shadows. Thus, all the excuses are baseless.

“The feel based on their imagination and that is not a reality,” he said while quoting the example of Lim Lip Eng, the Member of Parliament (MP) of Kepong from DAP, who likened the proposal of introducing khat to rubbing cow manure on one’s face.

He said, the MP from the ruling party still has the mentality of a migrant although he could be the third or fourth generation born in Malaysia.

According to Kok Seong, Lip Eng has no nationalism spirit.

“No respect for Malays at all when they are the most dominant citizen in Malaysia,” he said deeply. -MalaysiaGazette

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