PETALING JAYA: The removal of significant events from the Form Three History textbook, starting with the Japanese Occupation of Malaya and onwards, is no cause for alarm as these materials have been moved to the Form Four syllabus.The Education Ministry said this part of Malaysian history would be taught to Form Four students from next year.
The sections moved also include the threat from the Communist Party of Malaya and the Malayan Emergency.
Previously, these topics were part of the Form Three History textbook under the Integrated Secondary School Curriculum.
The ministry said the last revision of the History curriculum and textbooks took place in 2017.
It added that the Form One students of 2017 were the first cohort to use the new Secondary School Standards-based Curriculum (KSSM).
Under KSSM, the History syllabus has been arranged chronologically and is taught from Forms One to Five to give students a deeper understanding of Malaysian history.The ministry said no parts were omitted during the 2017 revision, but certain sections were compiled and re-organised so that the curriculum would be “neater and systematic to facilitate students’ understanding of national history”.
The Form Three History textbook focuses on the theme “Arrival of Foreign Powers”.
“Under this theme, students are taught about Western power involvement, intervention and the community’s response (to it).
“Under the Intervention and Western Conquest chapter, students are exposed to the arrival of Western powers, the administration of the Straits Settlements, the Federation of Malay States, the Unfederated Malay states, Sabah, Sarawak and the impact of Western administration on our country’s economy and social (impact),” the ministry said.
On Wednesday, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said it was unbecoming of the ministry to delete parts which were important milestones in the then Malaya.