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Dong Zong denies it is racist

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PETALING JAYA: Chinese educationist groups Dong Zong and Jiao Zong today denied Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s accusation that Dong Zong is racist for objecting to the introduction of khat in the Year 4 Bahasa Melayu syllabus for vernacular schools.

The two groups, collectively known as Dong Jiao Zong (DJZ), noted that they were not the only groups which opposed the teaching of khat but that this was the general view of non-Muslim communities in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak.

“Not all Malays agree with the move,” they added in a statement, citing former minister Rafidah Aziz’s statement that the Jawi calligraphy should be an elective subject and not part of the curriculum in schools.

They said objections to khat were due to the “failure” of education ministry officers taking into account views of the non-Malay communities, including DJZ, the Tamil Foundation and the Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism.

“Dong Jiao Zong urges Dr Mahathir to listen to all sides in the khat issue and not deny any non-Muslim views (from being heard),” they said, adding that they were ready to state their case directly to Mahathir….

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