MALAYSIAN HAIKU/SENRYU ECHOES 481: CALLIGRAPHY CULT
shadowy play on race drum
shouts on nightmare scream
fearful forced hegemony
shrill voice of subdued
cultural art skill
conscripted script with brush stroke
hairs of foxy tail
Recently the Malaysian Education Department (with the approval of PM) introduced compulsory Jawi calligraphy in primary four onwards. Chinese medium schools have to study three languages (Malay, Chinese and English), now Jawi script to be added for national union. Instead it arouses more controversy and dissent than endearment. Right or wrong, it is seen as policy of assimilation, if not, racialism.
I was reading “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, and this line, shadow shouts on a nightmare scream, inspired me to write this run of haiku/senryu.
I am uncertain whether there will be “another breeze” of Hope for the country. Worse than the caged bird, it is trapped within its racial mindset.