Photos of the three-page Jawi syllabus, which will be introduced in Year Four Bahasa Malaysia textbooks next year, has gone viral on Twitter
Shared by Twitter user Yusri J, the tweet has been retweeted over 1,100 times since it was published yesterday, 15 December.
"Here are the three pages of Jawi education that will be introduced by the Ministry of Education (MOE). Only THREE pages," the viral tweet read.
"Want to know what is the response from Dong Zong?"
Yusri continued in the thread by citing a Malaysiakini report which stated that Dong Zong - the United Chinese School Committees' Association of Malaysia - will take MOE to court over the implementation and it will hold a gathering on 28 December.
The three-page syllabus teaches about Jawi scripts using real-life examples, which can be found in Malaysians' daily lives
The examples include the Jawi texts on Malaysia's coat of arms, which says "Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu" (Unity Towards Excellence), "Bank Negara Malaysia" (Central Bank of Malaysia) and "Ringgit Malaysia" on ringgit notes, and "Malaysia" on stamps.
It was reported that the MOE finalised the syllabus content only last week
Malaysiakini reported that the three-page Jawi syllabus was given to stakeholders for perusal as early as August, but it was not made public then.
The ministry told its stakeholders that the three-page syllabus can still be subjected to change.
Despite the implementation, Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching reiterated that Parent-Teacher Associations (PIBG) will still have the final call to decide if their children will learn Jawi
Meanwhile, Dong Zong criticised MOE for using PIBG as an 'enforcement tool', demanding that only the school board should have power over the matter
On 12 December, the Chinese education group contended that the introduction of Jawi scripts not only breached the Standard Curriculum and Assessment Document (DSKP), but also disregarded the Education Act 1996, which stipulated that the school board has full managing power, reported Sin Chew Daily.
Dong Zong added that the move will also ruin the harmonious relationship among parents from different ethnicities in Chinese primary schools.
Its chairperson, Tan Tai Kim, said there will be a Chinese Organisation Congress on 28 December at Dong Jiao Zong building in Kajang.
He hoped that the congress will urge the government to listen to public opinion.