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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said I have taken note of this matter and will meet Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. NSTP/Mohd Fadli Hamzah

PUTRAJAYA: Khat, or Jawi calligraphy, is an art form and has nothing to do with religion, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

However, she said she had taken note of the worries expressed by certain quarters following the Education Ministry’s decision to implement khat as part of the Year Four Bahasa Melayu subject in school next year.

“I have taken note of this matter and will meet Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“I know that he has spoken on this, but we will have a deeper discussion on the matter.

“I am of the opinion that further discussion is needed on this.

“Khat is an art form and has got nothing to do with religion,” she told reporters after launching the “Hentikan! Stop It!” creative video competition.

Dr Mahathir was reported as saying that the decision to introduce khat was final, adding that the government had never barred other races from preserving the written scripts of their respective mother tongues, making Malaysia quite special.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik had stated that schoolchildren would not be tested on their khat writing skills during examinations.

A number of people have voiced their concerns over the matter since then. These include DAP grassroots leaders and state assemblymen.

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