Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

PBS to look into ‘skipped facts’ on Malaysia formation in textbooks

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — Parti Bersatu Sabah will set up a panel comprising experts to look into claims that key facts about the formation of Malaysia had been left out of school textbooks, news portal Borneo Post reported. 

Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili (pictured) said Parti Bersatu Sabah will set up a panel of experts to look into claims that key facts about the formation of Malaysia had been left out of school textbooks. - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pbs-to-look-into-skipped-facts-on-malaysia-formation-in-textbooks#sthash.QbhwK9rQ.dpuf

The committee comprising of scholars, lawyers and educators will come up with a submission for the Ministry of Education to do a revision of the history on the Malaysian formation syllabus, its president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili was quoted as saying.

“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),” he said.

Ongkili, also the Kota Marudu MP, claimed the facts were compressed only to a chapter and limited to a few pages in the school history books, prompting concern that it could result the lack of understanding about Malaysia’s founding among students and even civil servants.

“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,” he said yesterday.

The move comes hot on the heels of the party’s announcement that it would push for “Borneonisation” and devolution of power from the Federal Government “to reinstate what rightfully belong to the state and Sabahans” through two high level committees.

The Kota Marudu MP noted that before Malaysia Agreement 1963 was formulated, there were a series of historical events that took place to make the country’s formation possible.

These facts, however, have been given either minimal details or none at all, he was quoted as saying.

“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.

Source : MalayMail