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Date [ 2013-01-16, 11:45 ]


This Korean professor’s love affair with Jawi continues.

(Kuala Lumpur=Koreanpress) by Min = Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka awarded the Watilah Pakar Penyelidik Jawi to Professor Dr.Kang, Kyoung Seok on January 16, 2013. The presentation was made by the centre’s Director, Dr. Hj. Awang bin Sariyan.
The professor left for Seoul the same night.

His explanation was South Korea’s new lady President; Park Geun-Hye was gathering a team of experts and specialists, who had made a name for themselves in various countries around the world. It was her intention to later send these experts back to these countries as her ambassadors of goodwill. This way she would have a direct finger on the happenings around the world.
Dr.Kang began, “It is not for me to say and I am not jumping to any conclusions but I may be chosen for Malaysia. I could then act as a bridge between Malaysia and Korea.”

He in fact has all the credentials for the position, having been in Malaysia for the past 30 years, studying Jawi and promoting the language. Already in the 80s he was at University Technology Mara (UiTM), and over the years observed the decline in the use of Jawi. He added, When I was in University Malaya, all over campus, Jawi was widely read and spoken. But not anymore.”

Dr.Kang revealed that he had studied the megaliths in Terengganu. Though theories have been put forward by Malaysian scholars as to the meanings of the Jawi inscriptions on them, the professor had his own version. “Which I will now keep to myself,” he conveyed. “Some parts of the letterings are missing and so give an entirely different meaning to the inscriptions.” 

No surprise then that such expert knowledge has been recognized by Cornell University itself. “They have a huge stack of Jawi manuscripts. Professor, this is all in a mess. Please rearrange them and give us the meaning of the texts. It didn’t seem
strange to them that they were hiring a Korean to do it.”
As such, Dr.Kang will now concentrate on raising the use of Jawi in this part of the world and South Korea. He feels with today’s innovations and changing technology, Jawi too needs to do the same. Hence he has created and coined the word for it - Jawilogy. He is confident with this concept, Jawi will be used globally.

Dr.Hj. Awang announced that Dewan Bahasa would still collaborate with the professor. “We have some works which Dr.Kang will assist to process and analyise its contents in all aspects.” He went on to say, knowing that Melaka had a collection; he has requested the state’s Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, that the professor study it on behalf of Dewan Bahasa.
So it looks like though Prof. Dr.Kang Kyoung Seck is leaving Malaysia now, he may very well be back soon.

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