Students must pass ‘warped’ history for Umno’s sake

Is there more than what meets the eye behind the move to make history a compulsory pass subject for students who sit for the SPM examination?

According to Kempen Sejarah Sebenar Malaysia (KemSMS), there is an ulterior political motive at work.

In a media statement, KemSMS chairperson Thasleem Mohamed Ibrahim warned of dire consequences.

“We have strong fears that this new attempt to politicise education through the history syllabus will have disastrous effects on inter-racial and inter-religious unity and tolerance through the propagation of a predominantly Malay and Islamic version of history which will form the major content of the curriculum.

“Instead, what is required is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious view of Malaysian history, one that unfortunately this government continues to deliberately ignore for its own short-sighted partisan interests,” he said.

Thasleem pointed out that students from poor backgrounds would be the main victims of this measure which “would damage minds by instilling a warped version of the country’s true history.”

“The teaching of a ketuanan Melayu (Malay hegemony) and ketuanan Islam (Islamic hegemony) history may appear to be a victory for Umno supporters but in fact it will only make the community more unprepared to deal with the reality of a multi-ethnic, multi-religious Malaysia, as well as a multi-civilisational world,” he said.

Thasleem recalled that Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, when launching the National Education Blueprint, stated that it would result in students with world-class knowledge and skills, strong moral values and capable of competing with their peers from other countries.

“This has now been revealed to be an empty boast and a lie,” he said.

“Worse, it is a cover up for the greater politicisation and stultification of our national education system which Umno, the main component of the BN, is seeking to ensure so that it will continue to rule the country for the next 50 years,” he added.

Students must pass ‘warped’ history for Umno’s sake
Nov 14, 2013 – Malaysiakini


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