Saturday, October 31

Masing: Khat should be taught in religious schools, not Chinese schools

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Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: Let Agama (religious) schools teach Jawi calligraphy to its students, said Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

“(When done as such) it will create less suspicion among other ethnic groups in Malaysia,” said Masing, who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak president.

“If its Chinese calligraphy in Chinese school, I don’t think there is any objection. Jawi calligraphy in Chinese school? It’s ridiculous unless, of course, there is a hidden agenda,” Masing stressed.

He told The Borneo Post this when expressing his disagreement that khat calligraphy be introduced to Form Four students.

“It (Jawi writing) is thousand of years behind Chinese calligraphy. Let those in Chinese schools learn this art form of writing Chinese characters,” he added.

With the introduction of khat calligraphy in schools starting from Primary Four,
Pakatan Harapan (PH) is introducing something that was decided before PH took power, Maszlee said.

The introduction of khat calligraphy was decided during the revision of the curriculum (KSSR) in 2014.

This was disclosed by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik when he said: “It will take up six out of 164 pages of the new Bahasa Malaysia Standard 4 textbook as part of language art activities,” he said.

Khat calligraphy serves as an aspect of language arts to enrich students with knowledge on history, art and heritage of Bahasa Malaysia, he said.

The implementation of the khat calligraphy is not only taught in SJK (primary vernacular school) but this introduction of khat calligraphy involves all primary schools, he stressed.