Teo opts for polar opposite stand to Dr Mahathir

Teo opts for polar opposite stand to Dr Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching opted to make a polar opposite move from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as she chose an increase in engaging stakeholders such as Dong Zong.

“I feel that we should have more communication between us instead of more and more walls between us.

“Only then (we) can we promote mutual respect and understanding in the community,” she said at the sidelines of the launching of the national civics programme for schools today.

Yesterday Dr Mahathir labelled the Chinese educationist group “racist” for their objections over the implementation of Jawi written form, khat that would be introduced to Year 4 students, including vernacular schools.

The group started a petition that called for the khat to be scrapped even though the government reduced the amount of khat to three pages and made it optional for the vernacular schools.

In a tit for tat move, Armada Bersatu launched a petition calling for the ban of Dong Zong.

Earlier today DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said that both Dr Mahathir and Dong Zong were wrong in their own right.

Last night, DAP national legal bureau chief Ramkarpal Singh called upon Dr Mahathir to engage with the group instead of labelling them as racists.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik meanwhile opted to zip his lips when asked to comment on the matter.

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