Need to re-orientate the BTN instructors’ mind set or replace them

The continued denial of racial elements in Biro Tata Negara (BTN) or National Civics Bureau by its progamme head Ahmad Maslan and other UMNO leaders reveals the depth of racism ingrained in the mindset of UMNO members.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s 1Malaysia rhetoric has a long way to go before it can ever be realised. The nation has to undergo a major surgery to carve out 50 years of divisiveness, racism and discrimination which is threatening to segregate the nation even further.

Firstly all the indoctrinated and brainwashed instructors have to be removed and sent for rehabilitation.

Malaysian companies are facing global economic downturn and financial hardship. The country, at its critical economic and social revival, does not need indoctrination or misinformation. What is in crucial deficit now is encouragement and support for critical and independent thinking.

The federal government needs to strengthen our democratic social institutions to foster and develop their commonalities and similarities. We need to amplify and celebrate our coexistence till today despite our diversities, problems and challenges. Instead BTN, which operates directly under the Prime Minister, is sowing the seeds of hatred and parochialism.

How foolish of the Malaysian government to have allowed this to operate when times have changed with a rallying cry for global thinking.

Worst still Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Women, Family and Community Development Minister, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Ahmad Maslan, with direct charge of the BTN portfolio, can’t even recognise the racial undertones of BTN programs.

This program, conducted right under the Prime Minister’s nose, clearly spells out an impending catastrophe by inciting deeper racial polarisation. Ironically, Najib happily indulges in a verbal diarrhea about his 1Malaysia concept, which zeroes in on national unity through racial integration.

How naive are these UNMO leaders!

As such, I strongly support the decision made by the Selangor state government not to send any participants to Biro Tata Negara. I also call upon Najib to scrap the programme for the future of the country.

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