KOTA KINABALU: Opposition Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) wants the Education Ministry to put historical details leading to the formation of Malaysia in the History syllabus instead of the infamous 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
PBS secretary-general Datuk Jahid Jahim (pic) said that Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik should first concentrate on adding details of the historical moment that led to the formation of Malaysia in the History textbooks.
“This is so immature of him (Dr Maszlee) to think that including the 1MDB scandal into Malaysian History (textbooks) would deter people from repeating the same mistake.
“The scandal had shamed Malaysia. Acknowledging it as something historical will not just shame those involved, but the country as a whole. I am sure that it will never be forgotten, whether it is in the textbook or not,” said Jahid in response to Dr Maszlee pledge earlier at the Dewan Rakyat on Monday (Dec 3).
In a statement, he said including the 1MDB issue into the history textbooks was not as pressing compared with giving proper details of Malaysia’s formation, adding that the 1MDB scandal was still being heard in court and to date, no one has been proven guilty.
Instead of wasting time and resources on the issue, Jahid advised Dr Mazslee to focus and brainstorm on improving the content on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and matters pertaining to the formation of this nation 55 years ago in the History textbooks.
“A large number of Malaysians, particularly those in the peninsula are unaware of Malaysia’s formation, and many do not respect MA63, as well as Sabah and Sarawak’s status and participation.
“If the minister meant economic history, then scandals such as the Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF), Bank Negara Malaysia’s billion currency trading loss and the Perwaja Steel, to mention some, should be included. Why hide these facts?” he asked.
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