GERAKAN URGED TEO NIE CHING EXPRESS HER STAND ON JAWI WRITING ART IN CHINESE AND TAMIL SCHOOL

GERAKAN URGED TEO NIE CHING EXPRESS HER STAND ON JAWI WRITING ART IN CHINESE AND TAMIL SCHOOL

PRESS STATEMENT BY 
GERAKAN NATIONAL PRESIDENT
DATUK DR DOMINIC LAU HOE CHAI

JULY 29, 2019

Gerakan President Datuk Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai urged Deputy Minister of Education Teo Nie Ching to clearly explain to the public the results of the ideas exchanges between the Ministry and the Chinese and Tamil schools bodies, and also express her stand on Jawi writing art in Chinese and Tamil School's Malay textbook.

He pointed out that since Teo Nie Ching met with the educational organizations, she has been avoiding media and only saying that she would bring the matter to Ministry of Education for discussion.

He said that after the Jawi inscription issue has been discussed over the past few days, the people have clearly expressed their objections. And The United Chinese School Teachers' Association of Malaysia also expressed their opposition and worry on 28th July 2019. Teo Nie Ching should not turn a blind eye to the opposition of the people or even shirk the responsibility to the former government.

"Teo Nie Ching said the decision had been made in 2016. But since Teo is a Deputy Education Minister now, can she disagree to add on the Jawi writing art in the Chinese and Tamil schools text books?"

Therefore, datuk Dr Dominic Lau asked Teo Nie Ching to express her stand publicly.

He issued a statement today stating that the stand of Gerakan on this issue has remained unchanged. If the Ministry of Education has added the Jawi art unit into the Chinese and Tamil school textbook, then the Ministry of Education should also add the Chinese and Tamil calligraphy art in the national school text books.

He emphasized that as a multi-racial political party, Gerakan strongly encourages people to learn other languages to understand other's culture. But learning other people's culture must also be two-way. Chinese and Tamil schools learn Jawi writing art while national schools learn Chinese and Tamil calligraphy art in order to effectively enhance the friendly relationship between the various ethnic groups.

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