Cancel your conference or we'll be there - Agra tells Dong Zong

Zikri Kamarulzaman

Modified 26 Dec 2019, 3:30 pm

NGO Angkatan Gerak Minda Malaysia (Agra) has issued an ultimatum in calling for Chinese education group Dong Zong to cancel its conference on Saturday, which will discuss the introduction of Jawi in vernacular schools.

Agra in a memorandum shared with the media tonight said it did not want Dong Zong to be considered "traitor".

"Agra wished to advise Dong Zong to cancel the congress objecting to Jawi immediately because we don't want Dong Zong to be considered traitor," it said.

Agra added that the group should hark back to history and realise it only exists because of tolerance among the races.

It said that it would be having a rally with other like-minded NGOs to press Dong Zong to cancel the event. The memorandum was supported by Perkasa, and Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS).

Agra said that if the congress to be held at the New Era college in Kajang isn't called off, then they will be attending the event themselves.

"Dong Zong must welcome Agra's attendance to be with Dong Zong in a dialogue so that there is no element of treachery," it said.

Alternatively, if the event is called off, Agra said it would host a dialogue or forum with Dong Zong and other national education groups to discuss the Jawi issue so that any disagreements can be solved through rational discussion in the spirit of tolerance and unity.

Agra's president Ashraf Mustaqim Badrul Murni is also a Bersatu youth exco member.

Dong Zong, together with sister group Jiao Zong, expect 1,000 people to Saturday's event and it has engaged the police to ensure everything goes smoothly.

Earlier today, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said his party is willing to meet and discuss with all quarters, including Dong Jiao Zong and MCA, if it can help on the dispute over the use of Jawi in vernacular schools.