Asri urges Malaysians to push for Dong Zong ban

Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, mufti of Perlis.

PETALING JAYA: Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, who recently stirred controversy by stating that Malaysia is for Malays, today called on all Malaysians to push for a Chinese educationist group to be banned.

In a Facebook post, Asri said he had met with Muzzammil Ismail, a PPBM Youth executive committee member, who sought his support on the PPBM Youth push for Dong Zong to be banned.

“I support the initiative wholeheartedly. I would like to invite all Malaysians to sign a petition supporting the ban of that racist organisation, Dong Zong”, he said, echoing Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad who recently used the “racist” epithet on Dong Zong.

Dong Zong has been at the forefront of opposing the introduction of khat in Year 4 of vernacular primary schools, and has also started a petition against the teaching of the Jawi calligraphy.

In response, PPBM Youth launched a counter petition online calling for Dong Zong to be banned. The petition has gathered over 75,000 signatures to date. A similar petition was started by Malay rights movement Gerakan Pengundi Sedar (GPS), which has gathered more than 164,000 signatures so far.

Earlier today, Bukit Aman CID director Huzir Mohamed said police will soon question Dong Zong chairman Tan Tai Kim over the group’s claim that the introduction of Jawi khat in vernacular schools was a form of Islamisation.

Yesterday, Asri criticised those who disregarded the dominance of the Malays in Malaysia. “What about Malaysia, Tanah Melayu? If China is for the Chinese and the Indian sub-continent is for the Indians, can Tanah Melayu be for all? Of course, justice is for all, but there must be a dominant race,” he said, adding that the inclusion of khat in the syllabus was because it is part of the dominant race’s heritage.