Mahathir v Chinese educationists

Three pages on Jawi script in a school textbook have led to a tempest in Malaysia's communal-based politics


Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad took a much needed year-end break in Hokkaido, where the weather was wonderfully cold.

But it was a different scenario back home, where the political temperature was rising over one of the most emotive issues to have engulfed the Chinese community in decades.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2020, with the headline 'Mahathir v Chinese educationists'. Subscribe