Even Mahathir fails to see any need for Chinese pupils to learn Jawi. “Apa perlunya kita suruh dia tulis Jawi?”
Unlike Malay children who are Muslim, the Chinese [who belong to religions other than Islam] don’t recite the Quran, the ex-premier said in an exclusive interview with a Malay daily. “Tulisan Jawi untuk budak-budak Islam, budak-budak Melayu. Kita nak kena baca Quran. Kita kena tahu Jawi.”
So while Malay children will require a knowledge of Jawi in order to read the Islamic holy book, Chinese children on the other hand should be allowed an option to learn their own language script, Mahathir told Sinar Harian. “Tapi orang Cina tak baca Quran, dia tak payah tahu Jawi. Dia nak belajar bahasa dia, nak tulis kanji dia. Yang tu biarlah kat dia.”
Unlike the DAP which was all acquiescence for Jawi to be injected into the Chinese school syllabus, this issue had never arisen with regard to the MCA previously. “Tulisan Jawi ini dulu tak kita minta MCA terima pun,” Mahathir added. “Kita tak bangkit perkara itu.”
The relevant replies by Mahathir can be accessed about 14 minutes into the video — click HERE.
In the hour-long interview, Mahathir explained that throughout the 60 years spent by MCA within the BN government, the question of introducing Jawi or khat in Chinese schools was not on the table. “Dulu selama 60 tahun kita memerintah, kita tak pernah dengar MCA tolak Jawi pasal kita tak suruh dia belajar Jawi.”
A video of Sinar Harian‘s wide-ranging discussion with the nonagenarian was today released in the media outlet’s Facebook.
The DAP’s over-eager embrace of khat also seemed to befuddle Mahathir who gave a little laugh when asked to comment.
He remarked that khat is very much associated with Islam because the words written in the Islamic calligraphic art are ‘Allah’ and [the Prophet] ‘Muhammad’. “Khat berkenaan dengan agama – banyak kaitan dengan agama; kita tulis ‘Allah’, kita tulis ‘Muhammad’.”
Despite objections by Dong Jiao Zong on the controversial matter, Lim Khat Siang & Son preferred instead to coerce Chinese schoolchildren to just accept the new Islamic-flavoured curriculum. Is it so that potential Malay voters might be disabused of the widespread notion that DAP is anti Malay/Islam?
If yes, how selfish of the party! Even little kids are not spared the DAP’s entirely self-interested politicking.
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