Sunday, September 15, 2019 06:06:27 PM

We’re khat in yet another controversy

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Lim Kit Siang is right of course. Learning anything good from any culture will benefit us.

In this case, the DAP supremo was talking about the introduction of khat (Jawi calligraphy) in the Year 4 Bahasa Melayu syllabus in vernacular schools next year.

Some Chinese and Indian educationists and politicians are opposing the move, and I can understand why.

Chinese educationist groups Dong Zong (United Chinese School Committees’ Association) and Jiao Zong (United Chinese Schools Teachers’ Association) and 10 other Chinese and Tamil groups want it to be delayed until a proper explanation is given about its implementation, including whether it will be a test subject. They feel khat is not going to help Chinese and Tamil primary pupils improve their Malay language skills.

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