Wee: Why omit vital parts from history textbooks?

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 18 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: MCA is disappointed that parts of Malaysia’s history – especially pertaining to the Japanese Occupation – have been omitted from history textbooks.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said it was 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.

“I don’t see why the ministry needs to delete this history,” he said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

Dr Wee was commenting on media reports in Chinese dailies, quoting activist Tang Ah Chai, as saying that some chapters on the Japanese Occupation between 1941 and 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, who is Ayer Hitam MP, said although the government had changed, 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,” he said.

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