IPOH: The MCA has set up a committee to monitor the contents of the History (Sejarah) syllabus taught in schools following the Government’s plan to make it a compulsory subject in 2013.
Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the purpose of the committee was to ensure that the contents of History books were reflective of actual events.
“We will look at the contents and see where it has not been accurately interpreted or recorded.
“We want to see how History books are presented and later give our feedback to the Education Ministry,” he told reporters here after opening the 83rd anniversary celebrations of the Perak Chinese Assembly Hall here on Saturday night.
Dr Chua said that MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok, who is also publicity bureau deputy chairman, had been appointed to lead the committee.
“History should be a record of all factual things.
“It should not be politicised or slanted for any political or racial reason.
“It should be an actual record of events that unfolded in the country,” Dr Chua said.
History, he added, should not be only about remembering dates.
“It should be more challenging in the sense that it should teach children the significance of an event.
“For example, what is the significance of Merdeka to all the races?
“Why should we have Malay-sia, rather than remembering when it was formed?” he explai-ned.
Asked if he felt present History books reflected all this, Dr Chua said: “I won’t say it doesn’t reflect this.
“We have gone through the present History book and we have even debated on it.
“It seems to give a lot of predominance to one particular race and neglected in passing on the role played by other races.”
THE STAR (Monday November 1, 2010)