The teaching of Jawi script in schools is merely a three-page introduction to the language system, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
“If we can learn Jawi in three pages, we are geniuses. The lessons are not compulsory and will be decided by parents,” added Lim, who is also Finance Minister, at the Penang DAP convention in Prai, Penang.
“If the parents do not want it, it is okay, we will not introduce it,” he stressed.
Lim drew similarities with the Oracle, which is the predecessor of Chinese characters.
The Federal Government always supports the use of Jawi and other mother-tongue languages but there are certain groups who refuse to do so, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng .
“For sure, we are disappointed with those who rejected the use of Jawi or other mother-tongue languages.
“As for the government, we are firm that those languages must continue to be practised,” he said during a press conference at the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBTC) on Sunday (Jan 12).
He said as a government which represents all ethnicities and religions in the country, it is best that the government distances itself from these groups who try to fan extremist and racist views.
Source : The Star
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