The public can learn more about how to write the Jawi script through a computer software program on CD-ROM called K-Jawi, which will be made available soon. The program, contained in eight CDs, will be distributed first to schools and educational institutions, government departments, non-governmental organisations and the media, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said yesterday. 

“The move will hopefully help the Government address the erosion of the usage of Jawi script and popularise its use among the people at all levels,” he added. 

Dr Rais said the software should also be made available at all computers in government departments. 

He added that his ministry would give guidance to its staff from the archives and heritage departments to use the CD-ROMs in their work.  

“We are campaigning to popularise the script by promoting it in the media and increase the teaching of Jawi in joint programmes with the Education Ministry,” he told reporters after launching Semarak Jawi – a Jawi script writing campaign at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday. 

Dr Rais also said the ministry would distribute the CD-ROM program later to the public at a “nominal” sum.  

The development of the program was carried out by experts from the Malaysian Technological Management University College and the Education Ministry since August 2005 at a cost of RM1.7mil.