PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man has urged other states to follow Pahang which promoted the use of Jawi by making it compulsory to use the script on signboards in the state.
"PAS supports the Pahang state government's action to restore Jawi writing as one of the essences of the country's culture. History shows that agreements during the colonial era and before that were written in Jawi," he said.
"In fact, the declarations of the King's council, official government letters, and currency notes were also written in Jawi," Tuan Ibrahim (above) said in a statement today.
However, the environment and water minister said that since the 1960s, the use of Jawi was gradually diminishing from society since the writing was removed from the country's education system.
Tuan Ibrahim, who is also Kubang Kerian MP, added that those who oppose the current effort to "empower" Jawi were blind to the history of how the country came to be.
He said the country was formed on the consensus to accept Islam as the religion of the federation, Bahasa Malaysia as the national language, and Malay culture as the core culture.
While Tuan Ibrahim did not name anyone, his statement followed DAP politician Chow Yu Hui's legal application to challenge the Pahang government's mandatory directive to include Jawi script on signboards.
Chow, who is the Tras assemblyperson, argued that the decision to include the Jawi script should be up to the people as it would be a matter of freedom of choice.
Pahang decided last year that all business premises and road signs in the state would use Jawi writing, with the condition that the script is equal in size to the Latin alphabet.
The policy has been enforced since Jan 1, 2020. State Local Government and Housing Committee chairperson Abd Rahim Muda said that firm action would be taken against business premise owners in Pahang if they failed to comply.