PETALING JAYA – The Committee on Jawi in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor had decided to bring the issue on the introduction of Jawi into the syllabus of Bahasa Melayu to the court.
Association of Chinese School Management Boards and the Parents and Teachers’ Association (PTA) of the Chinese National Type Schools (SJKC) will be championing the cause.
The committee emphasized that they do not reject the introduction of Jawi in vernacular schools, however, the School Management Board cannot be pushed aside on the issue.
They also suggested to make Jawi into a co-curriculum activity, and not a core subject in Bahasa Melayu.
The spokesman for the committee, Datuk Heng Hong Chai said, the issue will be brought to the court within two months as a sign of their unwavering protest on the introduction of Jawi in Bahasa Melayu in vernacular schools.
According to a report by SinChew Daily, the committee also announced their measures such as, encouraging the schools in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to put up banners as a sign of protest.
Besides that, the representatives from the School Management Boards and PTAs are encouraged to issue official letters of protest on the implementation of learning Jawi.
With a new school session, the School Management Boards are also urged to monitor the learning of Bahasa Melayu and to give immediate feedback to the School Management Boards Association in their states.
“We have formed a team of lawyers with the Indian associations earlier to study if the Education Acts and Constitutions provide authority to the parents to accept or reject Jawi in schools,” Hong Chai said.
According to him, under the Education Act 1996, the parents and choose the stream for their parents, meanwhile, Bahasa Melayu and English are the mandatory subjects in SJKC.
He said, the Ministry of Education cannot force the students to learn languages, contents or skills opposing to their wish, even if it is agreed by the majority or 51 percent of the parents as it is unconstitutional.
Hong Chai also emphasized that the roman writings is the writing for Bahasa Melayu, the national language.
He said, the committee will also run a thorough study including the guarantees granted by the Constitution to the SJKC.
The Jawi issue emerged after the Ministry of Education issued a guideline that Jawi will be taught in a vernacular school if 51 percent of the parents in the school agree with its implementation.
Certain quarter however, felt that the School Management Board have been side-lined from this issue. -MalaysiaGazette