PUTRAJAYA – Deputy Minister of Education Teo Nie Ching said the government and the United Chinese School Committees’ Association (Dong Zong) need to have better communication.
She also advised everyone not to build walls which will separate both parties.
“I think that we need to communicate more and not build more walls between us.
“Then, we can build mutual respect and understanding among the people,” she said when asked to comment on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement of labelling the Chinese education organisation as racist yesterday.
Last Saturday, Dong Zong mobilised a campaign in objection of the teaching of Jawi in vernacular schools.
Its Chairman, Tan Tai Kim said, the decision to kick off the petition was made in a central and states Dong Zong meeting.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir labelled Dong Zong as racist for alleging that the introduction of Jawi khat in schools is a form of Islamisation.
“Dong Zong is racist. We set up a campus in Vision School (Sekolah Wawasan) where Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (SJK) Cina, SJK Tamil and a national school are placed in one campus. They went against it too.
“They are afraid to let their children mix with Malays, so they did not want it. They don’t like the Malays.
“They are against everything (implemented by the government). They never agreed with anything,” he told reporters in Langkawi yesterday. -MalaysiaGazette