Reports that Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik pledged to incorporate the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal in the Malaysian History syllabus in schools were inaccurate, according to his press secretary Shahrul Aman Mohd Saari
"I want to stress that Maszlee did not say that the 1MDB case will be entered into the Malaysian History syllabus," he wrote in a statement published today, 4 December
Shahrul Aman explained that Maszlee only said that the 1MDB issue "will enter the annals of Malaysian history," and urged the media to make corrections to avoid confusion among the public.
He added that any decision on whether the 1MDB scandal is entered into the syllabus will depend on the Education Ministry's curriculum research committee, Malaysiakini reported.
However, the Education Ministry has "no objections" if the issue is made a case study at tertiary education institutions "for the sake of enriching intellectual discourse."
Before the issue was clarified, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the subject.
"I think it will not be long before Maszlee himself will enter the history books," he wrote.
Maszlee's misinterpreted statement was in response to Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan's question about how old an event has to be to be considered history and included into the syllabus: