Kho Teck Wan appalled by Law Minister

Kho Teck Wan

SUPP Central Women Chief is appalled by the comment made by the de facto Minister of Law YB Liu Vui Keong in a national papers on May 8th 2019 that “One should not overreact to the introduction of Jawi Calligraphy lesson on primary 4 students. And one should be thankful to the government for the opportunity to learn Chinese.”

According to Kho, the Minister of law should know well that the right to learn mother tongue is clearly stated in the Education Act 1996. Based on the Education Act 1996, Chinese or Tamil shall be made available if the parents of at least 15 pupils in the school requested that the language be tough in school. Same condition also applied to the indigenous languages.

Kho stressed that the right to learn mother tongue was the result of the perseverance of our ancestors, who had fought persistently for the existence of our languages, cultural and heritages.

“The Minister of Law should not talk as if the right to learn mother tongue is a charity granted by the Pakatan Harapan government, ” she added.

Kho Teck Wan

Kho Teck Wan