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If public universities are used to distort history, glorify UMNO and poison the minds of the new generation against Opposition and dissent, they will aggravate racial polarization and destroy all efforts to forge national unity and attain Vision 2020 of a Bangsa Malaysia
The Ethnic Relations textbook used by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), for instance, is highly objectionable on at least three specific grounds:
In his reply, Mustapha defended the reference to the Suqiu election appeals as “extremist” as a “historic fact”, which is both misleading, mischievous and utterly baseless – while he glossed over the other references with the vague statement that they are subject to different interpretations and open to review.
Is the biased, tendentious and divisive Ethnic Relations course the first concrete result of the Zahid Higher Education Report submitted last July, which could only aggravate racial polarization instead of promoting national unity among university students?
One of the 138 recommendations of the Zahid Report is that “the efforts to instill national unity be continued and extended to higher education” (No. 101). The Zahid Report admitted that “curriculum is such an important part of education that it can be considered the heart of any educational institution” and its role is “to achieve all-round self-development including spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical development, as well as instill desirable moral values and convey knowledge and information”.
Is it now the role of the public universities, under the guise of fostering ethnic relations, to poison the minds of the new generation by feeding them with lies and half-truths about happened in recent Malaysian history?
Mustapha should realize that if the public universities are regarded by Malaysians, both the students and the public at large, as educational centres to glorify UMNO and to poison the minds of the new generation against opposition parties and dissent, then Malaysian public universities will become even worse centres of racial polarization than in the previous decades.
If public universities are used to distort history, glorify UMNO and poison the minds of the new generation against Opposition and dissent, they will aggravate racial polarization and destroy all efforts to forge national unity and attain Vision 2020 of a Bangsa Malaysa.
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the Cabinet on Wednesday should give serious attention to this dangerous trend in public universities undesirable implementation of the Zahid Higher Education Report – turning public universities into institutions of national divisiveness instead of national unity.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman
Parliamentary Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic Planning Commission Chairman