KUALA LUMPUR – They sang praises when they see Malays learning Chinese calligraphy; however, when I held a piece of paper containing Jawi khat writing, they called me a traitor, said the Deputy Minister of Education, Teo Nie Ching in a video clip uploaded on The Rocket Facebook page.
Sinchew Daily reported that the Nie Ching showed a picture of her holding the Jawi inscription in a video.
“This person (Nie Ching) is now labelled as a traitor for bring Jawi writing to Chinese school,” said the deputy minister in a Mandarin video telling that her picture was used by MCA.
Nie Ching then showed another picture of a Malay man, holding a Chinese calligraphy and said that she was actually taking a photo together with that man.
“This picture was taken during an event in my parliamentary area in Kulai. We invited people from khat art and Chinese calligraphy to write none Chinese names in Chinese calligraphy and Chinese names in khat.
“The man next to me is the Chief of Amanah in Kulai. The reason I share this picture as I would like us to think of this together.
“If we think that the Malays who learn Chinese calligraphy are open minded, I also wish that we can think if the three pages on the introduction of Jawi would change your existing culture,” she said.
Nie Ching also emphasized that the three pages only introduced the Jawi writing contained in our national emblem, currency and stamp.
“It does not involve a new language or writing new words and it is not included in the examinations.
“You don’t need to read or write Jawi in order to teach. Any teachers can do it as it is only an introduction to Jawi,” she said.
She said, Jawi writing has been introduced in Standard Five text books in Chinese schools since 2015.
“I’ve never objected in 2015 and will not object in 2019.
“This is because, I think that a little knowledge will help the students in understanding the history of the development of Bahasa Melayu.
“The same goes with the Chinese. By understanding a little bit of ancient Chinese characters. Thus, I don’t see any problem in this issue,” she said. -MalaysiaGazette