Maszlee issues letter of demand to Umno Youth chief over communism claim in history syllabus
Friday, 26 Feb 2021 02:50 PM MYT
BY ASHMAN ADAM
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Former education minister Maszlee Malik today instructed his lawyer to issue a letter of demand to Umno Youth chief Datuk Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki, after the latter accused the Pakatan Harapan administration of glorifying communism in the syllabus.
The Simpang Renggam MP has demanded Asyraf Wajdi issue an open apology and pay compensation for his allegations against the Form Four history syllabus, stressing that this slanderous culture among politicians needs to be stopped.
“Now should be the time that politicians focus on helping the people and start a political culture of service, not the culture of accusation and defamation,” he said in a tweet.
He added that he hopes this letter of demand would urge parties from both political divide to put a stop to this culture of racially-fueled slander immediately, especially when it involves the education of children.
“I will keep posting updates when there is a development. I’d like to thank Malaysians for the support, and I believe that Malaysians are on my side and disapprove of this political culture, especially when it can threaten racial unity in the country,” he said.
In a Facebook post, Asyraf said some content of the Form 4 history textbook glorified communists as independence heroes while there was a section that accused Malays of being subordinates to Japanese colonialists.
“In a subtle and discreet way, the PH government has made the communists and Malayan People’s Anti-Japanese Army look like heroes and independence fighters who deserve recognition,” he said.