OPINIONS

Khat and the ecology of creeping Islamisation

Azly Rahman

4 Aug 2019, 11:00 pm

Updated a year ago

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COMMENT | Some say the issue of mandating the teaching of the Islamic scriptural artform of “khat” in the curriculum is a molehill. I say, yes, it is. A molehill sitting on top of a mountain of radical Islamism.

My question: Are the leaders who wish to preserve "khat" good enough to fight corruption that is destroying Malay-Islamic culture? We must believe that the survival of a nation not only lies in the writing script, but primarily with cognitive ability amidst tides of mediocrity.

As I have said in my previous column on the link between anthropology and education, even the political leader needs training in Diversity and Cross-Cultural Management. A minister of Education from an all-Malay party will naturally push the agenda for an all-Malay exclusivity. Not good...

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