History was made on July 19, 2019, as members of the parliament from both the ruling government and opposition had come together to pass the law to allow 18-year-old citizens to vote, The Sun Daily reported.
211 out of the 222 MPs voted yes to amend Article 119(1)(a), reducing the voting age from 21 to 18, and Article 47, for automatic registration as a voter once reaches the age of 18.
Today (Jul 25), the Education Ministry announced one of the first steps to prepare young voters for the next election − and that is to revamp History syllabus in Forms Four and Five, NST reported.
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik said the History subject which is taught in Bahasa Malaysia, namely Sejarah, will have certain changes in the topics it covers.
“We already have several topics in History, beginning in Form Four… since the bill to amend the constitution has been passed in the Dewan Rakyat, we will look into changing the syllabus (pending the amendments being passed in the Dewan Negara).
“This is a historic moment for our country,” said Dr Maszlee.
Election Commission (EC) previously suggested the ministry to introduce a voting module for students. EC chairman Azhar Azizan Harun said students need to learn about democracy and the election process at schools so that they could be an active member in our democratic country.
Dr Marszlee said he would request teachers to undergo training in preparation for that.
“We will also collaborate with the EC to have roadshows to schools as part of education on the democratic process.
“For co-curriculum activities, we are trying to introduce, and expose students to various practical exercises regarding the democratic system and elections.
“We will also collaborate with non-governmental organisations to create awareness of the country’s democratic system. If the EC is ready, we will start this as soon as possible,” the Education Minister said.
Sejarah is a mandatory and compulsory pass subject in Malaysia’s secondary schools or else the highschool leavers would not be able to obtain the Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) certification.
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