KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa has declared every Friday a “Use Jawi Writing Day” in an effort to encourage the use of the script.
He said Jawi is a national heritage which was once an official medium of communication between nations.
“With this spirit, we will retain our tradition and culture which I repeat should be supported by all races, as Jawi does not belong to the Malays. It is our Malaysian heritage,” he said in a statement.
Earlier, he launched the Popularise Jawi Writing programme by his ministry, which involves the heads of ministry agencies as well as government religious bodies wearing name tags in Jawi every Friday.
“I do not consider Jawi writing a process of Islamisation as alleged by some parties even though it is close to the administration of Islam.
“Jawi writing has become almost completely absent at the official usage level as only the Islamic administration has retained its usage to preserve Jawi writing,” he said.