Tag: khat

Malaysia’s plan for language education questioned for months and the saga is not going away

Malaysia — The planned introduction of Jawi and Khat in non-government schools next year has been questioned for months by non-Malay/Muslim social-cultural groups and the saga is not going away. Jawi refers to the Arabic script for writing the Malay language, while Khat refers to...

Can the Khat controversy turn the tide for Pakatan in the Johor by-elections?

A report has surfaced saying the Barisan Nasional candidate in the Tanjung Piai by-election in Johor, Wee Jeck Seng, wrote a note on Facebook expressing the Malaysian Chinese Association's opposition to the Jawi, or Islamic calligraphy. In the post, Wee had said: "MCA unites to...

Ex-commando weighs in on racial hatred in Malaysia

A former commando is urging the public not to fan racial hatred that could threaten peace in Malaysia. He said that peace is achieved from “the blood, sweat and tears of every member in the army.” “All those negative thoughts, racism ... do not create them. If the...

Zakir Naik under fire with police investigation for seditious comments against Hindus and Chinese citizens

Zakir Naik, the Indian citizen and controversial Islamic preacher once again has stirred trouble in Malaysia with his criticism of non-Muslims. He sparked protests from various political parties and civil society groups after he called on the Malaysian Chinese to "go back" as they were "old...

Ex-Police chief says Malaysia would not have other races if Malays were racists

The battle of words is still ongoing in Malaysia over the controversies stirred by imposing Islamic calligraphy and the resistance to deport controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Malaysia has ruled that it is okay for Chinese and Indian language schools called vernacular schools to teach Islamic calligraphy or...

Infighting rages among Malaysian coalition partners over Indian Muslim preacher and Islamic calligraphy

Malaysia is seeing a fight between Pakatan Harapan coalition partners who are engaged in a public war of words over two thorny issues, the presence of controversial Indian Muslim preacher in Malaysia and imposing Islamic calligraphy in vernacular schools. A Democratic Action Party or DAP member...

Mahathir blasts DAP party MP who questioned PM’s powers

Malaysia Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad blasted a Democratic Action Party (DAP) leader for criticising his style of running the country, in a first against a Pakatan Harapan coalition partner. The MP from Klang, Charles Santiago, said there should be a halt to Dr Mahathir's decision-making using...

Chinese-led party defends Mahathir on Islamic calligraphy subject for vernacular schools

The Islamists from the Party Islam se-Malaysia are urging the Chinese-led Democratic Action Party or DAP to quit its ministerial posts over a series of controversies. Malaysia had again been rocked by another tempestuous debate on whether to introduce Islamic calligraphy —called Khat— in local...