“History is written by the victors.” And it seems like the maxim can never be truer after Pakatan Harapan took over the federal government after the 14th General Election.
According to Malay Mail, Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik pledged to include the widely infamous 1MDB scandal in Malaysia’s history subject syllabus.
Speaking at Dewan Rakyat today (Dec 3), Dr Maszlee said the move would educate the future generation of the mistakes we made in history and that the “crimes” committed by politicians would be included in the textbooks.
“I will make sure that 1MDB and how some leaders robbed the nation will be included in the history books so that future generations will not make the same mistake,” Dr Maszlee was quoted as saying by The Star.
The Education Minister made this announcement after Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (BN – Pontian) posed a question to the former, asking how long would it take for an event to be considered history and included into the syllabus.
Ahmad also asked if local history was taught in private schools such as the 60 Chinese independent schools in the country.
In response, Dr Maszlee said Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka are in place to engage these independent schools to coordinate the use of the Malay language and Malay-language literature in Malaysia.
Saya rasa tak lama lagi Maszlee sendiri akan masuk dalam buku Sejarah.
Ada masa dan tempatnya kita berpolitik, bukan di sekolah.
Jangan peralatkan anak-anak kecil kita, jangan aniaya masa depan mereka.
— Mohd Najib Tun Razak (@NajibRazak) December 3, 2018
Upon hearing Dr Maszlee’s imminent implementation, former Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Razak took it to Twitter to rebuke the minister’s decision.
“I feel that Maszlee himself would be included in the history very soon.
“There are times and places for politics, and it’s definitely not in schools.
“Don’t toy with our children’s thinking since young, don’t risk their future,” wrote Najib who is currently slapped with some 38 corruption charges in relation to 1MDB.