Chinese schools in Malacca: Encouraged only to add Jawi to their signboards; not compulsory.

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Malaysiakini

The Art Institute of Malaysia Malacca (ISMMA) wants Chinese schools to promote Jawi. RM2,000 on offer for the winner of the competiton!

Jawi on Chinese school signboards ‘not a must’

Malaysiakini

1:49PM Dec 10, 2014

By Lee Long Hui

Jawi on Chinese school signboards ‘not a must’

It is not a compulsory for Chinese schools in Malacca to add Jawi inscriptions to their signboards, the Art Institute of Malaysia Malacca (ISMMA) says.

Instead, Chinese schools are only “encouraged” to add the Jawi script to their signboards.

“We are encouraging. It is not compulsory,” ISMMA manager Mohd Nasruddin Abd Rahman said when contacted by Malaysiakini today.

Nasruddin was responding to the statement of the Malacca Chinese Education Progressive Association yesterday that the state Education Department was asking all the Chinese schools to add Jawi inscriptions to their signboards.

Association president Yang Yin Chong has called on all the Chinese schools in Malacca not to abide by the “unreasonable” directive.

Nasruddin explained that the purpose of asking the schools to add Jawi inscriptions was part of the effort of the state government to promote Jawi.

He said that once the schools had added the inscriptions on their signboards, they would be eligible for awards in a competition.

Nasruddin also denied that this amounted to asking the Chinese schools to teach and learn Jawi writing.

“This is not part of the teaching, it is not included in the curriculum, no.

“We are encouraging any school to implement Jawi inscriptions in schools, not we are asking Pay Fong to learn Jawi writing.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/283069

 (馬六甲10日訊)馬六甲馬來西亞藝術學院總經理藍登納斯魯丁強調,要求華小在學校招牌添加爪夷文的做法純屬鼓勵,絕無強迫之意。

他今日接受《中國報》電話訪問時說,有關信函是由教育局發給全州所有中小學,包括獨中及私立中學。這也是配合甲州政府要鞏固馬來文作為國文的地位,鼓勵學校、高等學府、聯邦政府及州政府部門及機構,在招牌上添加爪夷文的一項舉動。該學院則協助執行。

http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/583670

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Malaysian Chinese Association

Malacca Education Dept should clarify directive to Chinese schools regarding Jawi script rather than compelling the directive

On December 10, 2014, in Statements & Commentaries

0 December 2014

Press Statement by MCA Central Committee Member cum Melaka MCA Liaison Committee Secretary Senator Koh Chin Han

Malacca Education Dept should clarify directive to Chinese schools regarding Jawi script rather than compelling the directive

In view of the Malaysiakini (10 Dec. 14) report where the Malacca Education Department is reported to have required all schools in the state including Chinese schools to “implement Jawi writing in addition of implementing the romanised writing so as to realise the state government’s desire to elevate Malay (romanised & Jawi writing) as the national language”. Apparently, the Malacca Education Department had used the term “dikehendaki” for the Jawi script to be used in the inscription of the signboard in Chinese schools.

However, when China Press‘ reporters tried to clarify, they were reportedly told that it is a competition.

In this regard, if it is true that the Malacca Education Department is compelling the schools to have Jawi inscriptions, then we will protest against it.

However, if it is only a competition, that it is for the schools to decide if they want to participate in this competition or not, then there is no issue as it would be a method to attract more non-Chinese parents to enrol their children into Chinese schools or for pupils to learn and comprehend the language of Jawi.

However, we take exception to compel such a move as mandatory to all Chinese schools, as the signboards already have inscriptions in Bahasa Malaysia, our national language, and compelling the Jawi inscription is akin to interference with the school committee’s administration and management of the school property.

Moreover, besides teaching Bahasa Malaysia to pupils as part of the national syllabus, our official documents to parents are bilingual in both the national language as well as the Chinese language, and all correspondence and reports to the State Education Department are also in Bahasa Malaysia.

Hence MCA Malacca urges the Malacca Education Department to clarify their instruction on the Jawi inscription to the Chinese schools.

Senator Koh Chin Han
MCA Melaka State Liaison Committee Secretary
MCA Central Committee Member

-MCA online-

http://www.mca.org.my/en/malacca-education-dept-should-clarify-directive-to-chinese-schools-regarding-jawi-script-rather-than-compelling-the-directive/

Malaysiakini

9:00AM Dec 10, 2014

By Lee Long Hui

No to Jawi, say Malacca Chinese schools

The Malacca Chinese Education Progressive Association has claimed that the state Education Department is asking all Chinese schools to add Jawi inscriptions to their signboards.

A notice, issued by the department’s Islamic Education Section chief Ahmad Hamizi Abu Hassan to all headmasters and principals in Malacca, is requesting that all primary and secondary schools “implement the usage of Jawi”.

The notice, dated Nov 2 this year, states that the state government and the Art Institute of Malaysia Malacca have held the launching and implementation of Jawi at all the federal and state agencies and departments, as well as the higher education institutes and schools in the state.

“As such, you are asked to implement Jawi writing in addition to implementing the romanised writing, so as to realise the state government’s desire to elevate Malay (romanised and Jawi writing) as the national language,” the notice states.

“As such, you are asked to implement Jawi writing in addition to implementing the romanised writing, so as to realise the state government’s desire to elevate Malay (romanised and Jawi writing) as the national language,” the notice states.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/283034

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