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Khat is no false proposition

  • The Chinese community's doubts and fears over the education ministry's plan to introduce Jawi calligraphy at vernacular schools are not completely unfounded, as many parents have indeed lost their faith in the ministry. Photo courtesy: Bernama

By POOK AH LEK
Sin Chew Daily

The heated issue of Seni Khat or Jawi calligraphy has opened our eyes to the unpredictability of our politicians.

Be it in the old BN administration or the current Pakatan Harapan government, our society has been constantly instilled with the belief that “the feelings of the Malays must be taken care of “.

The "New Malaysia" many Chinese Malaysians have pinned their hopes on has not delivered any refreshing change at all.

The local Chinese community has for so many decades been forced to accept inequitable treatment, especially on education, and this has inculcated in people a deep sense of insecurity.

As such, even the slightest alarming remarks will sound particularly shrieking to their ears.

Where Chinese language education is concerned, without the undying efforts by Chinese educationists over the generations to safeguard and defend the integrity of our Chinese primary schools, these schools could have already been assimilated long ago.

As such, the Arabic calligraphy is by no means a false proposition, as there are real doubts and worries lurking inside the hearts of many Chinese and Indian Malaysians who have fought tooth and nail to safeguard the last bastion of the country's vernacular education as the policy of Arabic calligraphic art is making its way into Year Four BM curriculum at Chinese and Tamil primary schools.

The restlessness among the Malays is said to have been triggered by the news reports carried by Sin Chew Daily that have successfully sparked an acute identity crisis of Chinese and Tamil primary schools, which, as a matter of fact, is an overstatement.

We are only discharging our duty as a responsible media to report what is factual. Not reporting the issue does not mean this whole thing is non-existent.

Fo Guang Shan founder Venerable Master Hsing Yun has often reminded us not to forget our very initial aspirations. As for ordinary Malaysian citizens, we hope our politicians will do the same, not to act differently after they have crossed the line from the opposition to the ruling side.

In order to please the Malays, some of these politicians have made an evil attempt to divert public attention by way of slandering Sin Chew Daily. I would like to advise them that the people are watching every move they make, and they must never take the support of Chinese voters for granted.

In the past many years, many of the government policies perceived to have been unfair to the local Chinese community have been reversed or modified, thanks to the revelations made by Sin Chew Daily and other Chinese language dailies.

During BN's time, opposition politicians, especially those from DAP, had banked on such issues to earn the undivided support of most Chinese voters in the country. Weirdly, they never accused us of cooking up an issue back then.

A famous quote from English historian Lord Acton: Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

It is our wish that politicians will not mortgage the future of Chinese Malaysians – some of whom have risked losing their citizenship or imprisonment to defend Chinese education -- just to ensure their continuous grip to power.

If our politicians are a little more down-to-earth, they would not have said unwise things like Chinese people are overly sensitive as if the sky is about to come falling down on them.

Moreover, the issue of inter-community confrontation is non-existent in the first place. The Chinese community's doubts and fears over the education ministry's plan to introduce Jawi calligraphy at vernacular schools are not completely unfounded, as many parents have indeed lost their faith in the ministry.

The Jawi issue has nevertheless taught us one thing, that reporters must record everything a politician says. In the past, we came across countless of allegations that we misquoted certain political leaders. Voice recordings can do both sides justice in the event of any alleged misquote.

 

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