MP slams critics over ‘Jawi in porno books’ remark

A widely-shared video clip purportedly showed her displaying Jawi covers of old books.

PETALING JAYA: A Johore DAP politician under fire for purportedly linking Jawi with pornographic material says her explanations had been taken out of context when used in translated subtitles in a widely-shared video clip.

“I will issue a statement because my explanation about the Jawi writing was taken out of context,” Wong Shu Qi told FMT tonight.

Wong, who is the former state assembly member for Senai and MP for Kluang, said the video clip was of her presentation at an event on Friday.

Further details would be made known soon, she said when pressed.

The 22-second video clip is entitled, “Jawi writing used in pornographic books at one point, says DAP”.

In the video, Wong speaks in Chinese before a crowd of what appears to be mostly Chinese members of the public.

Accompanying subtitles suggest that Wong claimed that four book covers that she displayed were of pornographic books that were written in Jawi in the past.

“This, we just look and forget,” the subtitle reads and goes on to suggest that Muslim extremists would be offended.

The federal government’s proposal to introduce lessons on khat, or Jawi calligraphy, has been met with protests from Chinese-interest groups and some DAP grassroots officials.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik has since said khat lessons for Year 4 pupils in vernacular schools next year would comprise on three pages of the Bahasa Malaysia textbooks. Teachers have been given discretion on how to handle the lessons.