Hornbill Unleashed

April 13, 2017

National historian blames Act 355 polemics on education system

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Prominent historian Khoo Kay Khim has blamed the country’s education system in relation to polemics surrounding the tabling of amendments to the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act or Act 355.

The education system, he said, has not been able to equip the young to be knowledgeable citizens.

“(That) it makes it easier for them to be tricked by those who have bad intentions,” Khoo said.

He was speaking to reporters after the launch of his autobiography “I, KKK – The Autobiography of a Historian” in Kuala Lumpur today.

Responding to claims that the amendments to Act 355 would affect racial harmony, Khoo lamented the apparent lack of understanding when it comes to laws in the country.

“When we talk about the constitution and what it means, they don’t know. The constitution is the country’s highest law.

“Other laws that are against the constitution is not valid.”

And as those responsible for passing laws, Khoo reminded lawmakers that they must perform their duties for the “happiness of the rakyat”.

“If there are problems in interpreting laws, the one who has the right to interpret is the judiciary, not normal citizens.

“If all of us follow rules and regulations, problems will not arise. But what would happen if anyone can do what he or she likes?

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had initially said that the government would table the amendments to Act 355. However, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak later stated that the motion would be tabled by PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang himself.

Hadi’s motion ultimately made it to the Dewan Rakyat floor on the last day of the previous parliamentary sitting last week.

Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia however ruled that the debate on the private member’s bill – which seeks to raise the punishment cap for syariah offences – would be held in the next sitting.

Critics claimed that Pandikar’s postponement of the debate had only proven BN’s purported intention of wanting to prolong polemics on the issue.

‘Walking encyclopedia of M’sian history’

Meanwhile, during the event held at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial today, Perak ruler Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah in his royal address said that Khoo, through his “ceaseless engagement with the rakyat”, has come to be known as “a walking encyclopedia of Malaysian history”.

The Kampar-born historian was among the first generation of local, university-trained scholars who devised novel approaches to the study of history, noted the Perak ruler.

In his review of Khoo’s autobiography, Sultan Nazrin described I, KKK as a “love song” – a poetic reflection of the country’s history, composed in fragments and vignettes.

“It is the historian breaking the historian’s oath of ‘intellectual distance’ and ‘empirical evidence’. It is, indeed, an exploration of his intimate self.”

The 137-page book recounts the life of Khoo who was born in March 1937, in a time of war and conflict.

In the book, the historian shares his memories growing up in pre-independenc Malaya until his journey to become the eminent historian that he is today.

Published by Kala Publishers Sdn Bhd, the book will be available at all major bookstores nationwide next month.

Source : Alyaa Azhar @ Malaysiakini




  1. World biggest producer of unemployable graduates who cannot speak proper English

    Comment by tigeryk — April 13, 2017 @ 6:35 PM | Reply

    • DPM leads by example, as seen at UN.

      Comment by PK — April 14, 2017 @ 1:57 PM | Reply

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