STAR president fumes over mistake in textbook

KUCHING: The Bahasa Melayu Tingkatan 1 textbook for Form 1 students omits Sarawak as one of the oil and gas states in Malaysia in its section on the oil and gas industry of the nation.

This glaring mistake has riled State Reform Party Sarawak(STAR) president  Lina Soo who brought it to the attention of The Borneo Post yesterday.

She said the mistake in the textbook which has been used since 2017 is unacceptable.

“The book did not mention Sarawak as one of the petroleum producers in Malaysia despite Sarawak being one of the richest oil and gas locations in the world, and main contributor to the federal coffers,” Soo said.

She showed pages 22 and 23 of the textbook published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) which cover the oil and gas industry of the nation. At the bottom of page 23, there is a section on additional important facts about the petroleum industry that reads:

Negara pengeluar utama minyak dunia ialah Amerika syarikat (13.7%), Arab Saudi  (11.9%) dan Rusia (11.0%). Malaysia juga merupakan antara Negara pengeluar minyak dunia. Kawasan cari gali minyak di Malaysia terdapat di perairan Terengganu, Kelantan dan Sabah.

Translated into in English, the paragraph reads as “The major oil producers of the world are United States (13.7%), Saudi Arabia (11.9%) and Russia (11.0%). Malaysia is among the world oil producers. Oil exploration areas in Malaysia are found in waters off Terengganu, Kelantan and Sabah.”

“As we can see from the text, there is no mention at all about Sarawak being the largest oil producer in Malaysia. This is sending a very wrong message to our school-going children,” Soo said.

She asked how the publisher could omit Sarawak as one of the oil and gas producing states in Malaysia when its oil production per day is more than RM150 million as we are producing 750,000 Barrel Oil Equivalent (BOE) as stated in Petronas official report.

“The figure can even reach capacity of 850,000 BOE per day. 750,000 x USD50 x RM4 = RM150 million assuming oil is USD50 per barrel. It went up to USD73 in September 2018,” she said while calling on the Education Ministry to rectify the mistake immediately.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik could not be reached for comment at press time.

A marker points to the mistake in the textbook.

Source: Borneo Post

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