"Fakta sejarah menunjukkan Tanah Melayu tidak pernah terjajah (oleh British). Ini mesti dibaiki dari sekarang oleh semua pihak sama ada pelajar, guru, ahli politik atau pentafsir politik," katanya.
Katanya lagi, sejak Perjanjian Pangkor ditandatangani pada tahun 1874, tidak pernah tercatat dalam perjanjian itu bahawa negeri akan dijajah, sebaliknya hanya dilindungi atau dinaungi.
"Dinaungi tidak sama dengan kolonial... Hanya tiga negeri sahaja yang merupakan tanah jajahan iaitu, Singapura, Melaka dan Pulau Pinang.
"(Negeri-negeri) yang lain adalah dinaungi (atau) dilindungi... Sejak mula Tanah Melayu bukan tanah jajahan atau koloni. Ini fakta sejarah dan perspektif sejarah (itu) perlu diubah.
"Jangan kita sebut, kita terjajah selama 400 tahun. Itu adalah kesalahan yang amat besar," katanya di Putrajaya pada 9 September 2011.
Katanya lagi, Tanah Melayu hanya terjajah selama dua tahun sewaktu pemerintah Malayan Union pada awal 1946 hingga akhir 1947 dan di zaman penjajahan Jepun...
No action if Negaraku not observed by cinema-goers...
"We will see first, we will gather feedback. We have our people in all the cinemas (to observe)," Shabery said during a press conference at his ministry.
"We want to know why some people don’t observe.
"Is it because they are unaware? Is it because of the anthem itself?
"We will gather reasons," he added.
He said that the feedback would be used to outline the ministry’s plans for the National Day celebrations next year, where he said a permanent secretariat would be set up to look into National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations.
"I know some people do not even want to stand up for the national anthem. I know there is such a movement to ask people not to stand up for the national anthem," he said.
Shabery, however, did not divulge whether his staff will start interviewing those who do not observe the national anthem in cinemas.
"We will see, how to go about it," he said curtly when asked.
No plans to introduce 'patriotism' law
Meanwhile, Shabery also denied ever having said that he would consider laws to push patriotism in the country.
Despite initial reports that he would make it a must for everyone to observe the national anthem in cinemas and also to fly the national flag during Merdeka, Shabery said that introducing such laws are only his "last resort".
“I never said that I want to introduce laws. Malaysiakini is the only one who said so,” he said.
Bernama has, in a report carried by Malaysiakini last Saturday, said the Communications and Multimedia Ministry would be studying the need to introduce a law to make it compulsory for every premises to fly the Jalur Gemilang throughout the month of Merdeka.
Shabery said that the playing of national anthem in cinemas will begin tomorrow and that he would personally visit some of the cinemas to observe the situation.
“It will be from Aug 28 to Sept 3,” he said.- malaysiakini