Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

PBS wants more details on Malaysia’s formation in textbooks

TUARAN: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) will be setting up a working committee to study the ‘skipped facts’ on the formation of Malaysia in school textbooks.

Its acting president, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, said the committee which comprises scholars, lawyers and educators, would come up with a submission for the Education Ministry to do a revision of the history on the Malaysian formation syllabus.

“The existing syllabus provided minimal treatment on the Malaysian formation, which should be taught in detail in the school curriculum beginning from the Malaysia Solidarity Consultative Committee (MSCC), Cobbold Commission Report, the 20 Points (for Sabah and 18-Points for Sarawak), the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) and their recommendations which led to the establishment of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“Unfortunately these facts are compressed to a chapter, probably less, and limited to just a few pages in the school history books, and as a result, students and even civil servants are not fully informed of the true facts of the (Malaysia) formation.

“They become ignorant on the sacrifices of Sabahans and Sarawakians and what the leaders from East Malaysia had to go through during the process towards the birth of Malaysia,” Ongkili stressed yesterday.

He said the party was correcting these facts through the on-going PBS Leadership and Management Seminar, which ended its second series in Tamparuli, over the weekend, where he also presented a paper on ‘Understanding the Malaysian Agreement 1963’.

Six more similar seminars will also be organised at PBS zones statewide soon to educate members, besides correcting the twisted facts preached by the opposition.

“With the lack of information on the formation of Malaysia, students and even the people are turning to blogs for details, which are often twisted,” said the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister.

Ongkili, who is also the Kota Marudu member of parliament, noted that before Malaysia Agreement 1963 was formulated, there was a series of historical events that took place to make the country’s formation possible which were either given minimal details or none at all.

“The Sabah 20 Points were written to safeguard the interests, rights, and autonomy of the people of North Borneo upon the formation of the federation of Malaysia and a similar proposal, with certain differences in content, was made by Sarawak, referred to as the 18-Point agreement.

“The Sabah and Sarawak peoples were also accorded with special rights, as stated in the Malaysian Agreement, which should not be taken lightly.

“So many people were involved and a lot of sacrifices made to make Malaysia possible. Therefore all these historical events deserve more than just mere mentions in our textbooks,” he stressed.

Two weeks back, Ongkili also announced the setting up of two high level committees on Borneonisation and devolution of power to reinstate what rightfully belong to the state and Sabahans, adding that: “We need to defend what is still there, and take back what have been eroded.”

Source : Borneo Post