ALOR STAR, Aug 25, 2014:
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the history of the country should be well researched and its contents should be the inspiration for development in all fields, such as architecture, arts, education, sports, science and engineering.
Muhyiddin, who is also the Education Minister and Malaysian Historical Society vice-president, said history should remain relevant.
He said there was a need for reviewing and reorienting the pedagogy of the subject into a live subject with an approach that emphasised on the statement that “the future lies in the past”.
“While history is already a compulsory subject for students of social science, very often historians teach the subject as a subject of the ‘past’, about the ‘past’ and for the ‘past’.
“Consequently, history is not perceived as having value in the current fast moving, dynamic and vibrant society.
“Thus, students for example, do not see a ‘future’ in the subject,” he said at the opening of the 23rd Conference of the International Association of Historians of Asia (IAHA 2014) here yesterday.
“History should be not only an academic career, but also one that is able to serve national life. This reaffirmation of the importance of history is being undertaken in the context of comprehensive review of the Malaysian education system.”
The five-day conference, which began yesterday, is being organised by Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) and Malaysian Historical Society.
Among participants are historians from Brazil, Brunei, Bangladesh, South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Japan.