KUALA LUMPUR: MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong expresses disappointment that parts of Malaysia's history – especially pertaining to the Japanese occupation – have been omitted from history textbooks.
"It is very unbecoming of the Education Ministry to delete parts which were important milestones in the then Malaya which was invaded by Japan and also on the suffering faced by the people of Malaya then.
"I don't see any reason why the Ministry needs to delete or omit this part of history," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday (July 17).
He was commenting on media reports in Chinese dailies, quoting activist Tang Ah Chai, as saying that some chapters on the Japanese occupation between 1941-1945 were no longer included.
It was reported that the Form Three history books also did not have chapters on the cooperation between all the races to attain independence.
Dr Wee said although there had been a change in the government, there was no reason to omit the cooperation between races in gaining independence.
"Like it or not, Tunku Abdul Rahman is Bapa Kemerdekaan (Father of Independence), and he was from Umno. Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Tun V.T. Sambanthan – whether you like the party (they were from) or not – is secondary. History is still history," said Dr Wee.
He added that historical facts should be maintained to educate the younger generation on the importance of working together.
"This is so they that appreciate what our forefathers did for the country," he added.