Azizah: NGO being UnM’sian on Khat issue
Published on: Thursday, August 15, 2019
By: Iskandar Dzulkifli

BEAUFORT: Sabah Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Srikandi Protem Chief Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun (pic) labelled the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) as “Un-Malaysian” for objecting the implementation of Khat (Arabic calligraphy) in schools. 

She said Dong Zong’s action is very inappropriate because it clearly did not reflect the spirit of Malaysians who are from various races and have their respective artistic and cultural values.

Dong Zong is supposed to be thankful that the Government gives freedom to all races to practise their respective art and culture, she said. 

“Instead, the association looked at it from just one angle while the tradition involved the interests of all.

“As Malaysian citizens, Dong Zong need to accept the diversity because learning Jawi does not make other races Malays, which is the same for all those who learn Chinese,” said Azizah, who is also Beaufort MP.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had also labelled Dong Zong as “racist”, following its signature campaign to object the introduction of Khat in vernacular schools. 

“I have several Chinese and European friends who have mastered the Jawi writing and reading and can even read it in reverse order. This is impressive because they achieved beyond my capability. They have also become a source for reference by students from all over the world who want to learn Jawi,” she said.

Dong Zong had denied it was racist and pointed out that even Malays found its introduction in schools as odd, considering that students are already burdened with many subjects and that fact that it was not a subject that could help the students in their future like English.

It also said that Yadim, a Muslim NGO had even welcomed the teaching of Khat to non-Muslims, saying it would make them understand the Koran and that the Federal Constitution forbade such activities on other faiths.



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