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Rabu, April 15, 2009

Knowing Historical Reality is a must!

THE GENERATION GAP

1. When in 1957 we became independent the population was only five million. Even after 1963 when Sabah and Sarawak joined the Peninsula to form Malaysia the population was only slightly more than six million.

2. Today Malaysia's population is 27 million. Obviously most Malaysians were born after 1957-1963. Meaning to say they had not known anything but being free, being independent, being ruled by their fellow countrymen.

3. History is not a compulsory subject in our schools.
If at all history is taught it is sketchy, not really giving a clear picture of what it was like to be ruled by foreigners, by the British, the Japanese and in some cases the Thais.

4. I am not trying to say that those who lived under colonial rule are more appreciative of independence, although that is basically true. But what we should all be concerned with is that we appreciate our independence and our freedom more, whatever may be our political leanings.

5. Is it wrong for us to look back on the past? Some think it is irrelevant. That was before, this is now. Don't tell us all those stories about the struggles of people gone by. We have always been independent. All our life we have been independent.

6.
But I think we should know where we came from. Otherwise we would not know which way we should go. We may think we are going forward when in fact we are going backward, back to where we started. We would not be making progress.

7.
I am pleading for the teaching of history. George Santayana, an American philosopher once said; "Those who forget the lessons of history will be condemned to repeat their mistakes over and over again", or words to that effect.

8. How do we know we are not repeating our mistakes now if we do not know of our mistakes in the past.
We need to know.

9. We need to know how we came to be colonized. We need to know how we barely managed to escape from being a Communist state.

10. We need to know how our Rulers were forced to surrender their states to the British. We need to know how the British were forced to rescind the MacMichael treaties. And so on, and so forth.

11. Somewhere along we would recognize the mistakes we had made. And knowing them we would be better able to avoid making them again. Our country would continue to grow and prosper.

12. The independent generations have enjoyed the independent country they inherited.

13. Surely they would want their children and grandchildren to inherit the same.

14.
And this they can ensure by knowing the history of this beloved country and the mistakes of the past.

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No Gap :-) 
I am 110% with you on this!


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Dr M: "Kita perlu bersikap kritis secara baik dan tidak hanya setia kepada pemimpin walaupun mereka jelas melakukan kesilapan." (Malaysiakini, 18 April 2009)

3 comments:

  1. Salam.

    Kalau tak salah, Saidina Ali K.W pernah berkata:

    "Jgn pandang siapa yg berkata, tapi pandang apa yang diperkatakan"

    Wassalam.

    BalasPadam
  2. Kalau amik kisah Lokman Hakim dengan anaknya...apa saja yang kita buat semuanya jadi tidak betul dimata orang...yang tahu kita sendiri.

    Jadi buat apa yang kita yakin dan percaya betul...selagi x bercanggah dengan aqidah :-)

    BalasPadam
  3. Macam bab bahasa Inggeris, apa yang dia buat tu betul memang zaman sekarang ni kalau nak 'commercial' mesti tahu bahasa Inggeris...esp. kalau nak p oversea.

    Tapi dari sudut lain contohnya bab agama dan tafsir sepatutnya penekanan dalam bahasa Arab dan Melayu...yang ni kena pegi Yaman la..Hadramaut.

    Dan dari satu sudut yang lain tidak semestinya kalau kita tahu bahasa Inggeris kita buleh jadi 'commercial' dan maju...Amirika dan British pun dah nak terlungkup ekonomi skarang ni..

    Kita tak tahu apa yang dalam fikiran dia ni sebenarnya...cuba tanya elok2...

    Dulu masa dia mula2 jadi PM dia suh Buy British Last dan Look East Policy...begaduh dia ngan si Margaret Tatcher...

    Bila dia nampak orang Melayu dah mula ada keyakinan diri dan mula terlepas dari belengu Inggeris Tuan baru dia suh belajar Inggeris demi Ilmu...

    Kekadang tafsiran orang ramai atau juak2 disekelilinya tu yang membuatkan maksud sebenar tidak sampai...

    Tapis la mana yang buleh pakai...dia pun tidak terlepas dari kesalahan dan kesilapan..

    Kalau ahli agama bule menerangkan pada ahli teknologi tentang prinsip teknologi yang paling sesuai berlandaskan Islam tentu tak jadi gaduh..

    BalasPadam

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