from the NST
Earlier in the Dewan Rakyat, the Education Ministry’s parliamentary secretary P.Komala Devi, in reply to a question by Wee, said history textbooks presently in use are based on a revision of the school syllabus, carried out in stages by the ministry since 2003."The syllabus is based on proven historical facts obtained from research by historians, academics and individuals," she said. In a supplementary question, Wee asked why individuals such as Yap Ah Loy have been excluded from textbooks while there was only limited information on personalities such as Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Sambanthan."Research showed that students were not interested in history, they had difficulty understanding facts and were only memorising information without appreciating the subject. We decided to consolidate the facts to make the subject less boring," replied Komala Devi.gosh... have you heard the story of the Blind Men describing an elephant?
if you haven't, let me tell it to you
It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
~(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
~Might satisfy his mind.
The First approached the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
~ At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
~ Is very like a wall!"
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, "Ho! what have we here?
So very round and smooth and sharp?
~ To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
~ Is very like a spear!"
The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
~ Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
~ Is very like a snake!"
The Fourth reached out an eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
"What most this wondrous beast is like
~ Is mighty plain," quoth her;
'Tis clear enough the Elephant
~ Is very like a tree!
"The Fifth who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
~ Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
~ Is very like a fan!"
The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Than, seizing on the swinging tail
~ That fell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he,"the Elephant
~ Is very like a rope!
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
~ Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right~
And all were in the wrong!
sigh... we are definetly on our way to bringing up a new generation who sees only one aspect of history?
Yes, it may be true, but you are only showing them the body/tusk/trunk/knee/ear/tail