KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry will carefully study the facts and information to be entered into history textbooks to instill patriotism among the young generation.
Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the step was among the ministry's efforts to change the education curriculum at the primary school level by having history as a special subject by 2010.
"What is important is noble values like patriotism, loving the country, comprehending the sacrifice of national heroes and understanding that the present state of the country did not come about just by being still but through blood and sweat.
"We must not be satisfied by our present position what with a world that is now smaller. Such efforts must be continued and intensified through how we stress our history to our children while they are still in school," Hishammuddin told reporters after launching a book on the country's old documents and agreements published by the National Institute of Translation (ITNM) at the Parliament lobby on Thursday.
Earlier, in his speech, said Hishammuddin said the book could be a reference for students and also parliamentarians to further understand the processes and events that shaped Malaysian history.
He said the book could also bring about greater appreciation of independence leading to love, loyalty and patriotism in defending the country's sovereignty.
Meanwhile, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, his speech reminded people not to forget the country's history while the country progressed.
"To learn the future, look at the past. I believe in that English phrase," he said. - Bernama
The Star Online: 11 Disember 2008