Sunday, November 29, 2009

BTN is destructive!

I am glad that the Selangor Government has decided to stop sending students in Selangor to programs by Biro Tata Negara (BTN) of the Prime Minister's Department. With divisive and racist courses by BTN, no wonder 50 years after independence, our current Prime Minister is desperately trying to convince the people to adopt the 1Malaysia motto. In public, they scream unity but in secret, they divide and rule. Hypocrisy can't be better defined! Below is the letter addressed to our Menteri Besar which was signed by the 7 of us, young Pakatan Rakyat elected representatives:
17 November 2009

YAB Tan Sri Dato’ Abdul Khalid Ibrahim
Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor

YAB Tan Sri,


Kami merasakan sudah tiba masanya Kerajaan Negeri Selangor menghentikan penghantaran mahasiswa institut-institut pengajian tinggi milik Kerajaan Negeri mahupun anak-anak syarikat Kerajaan Negeri seperti Universiti Industri Selangor (UNISEL), Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor (KUIS) dan Kolej Inpens ke program-program anjuran Biro Tata Negara Jabatan Perdana Menteri.

Maklumbalas daripada mereka yang mengikuti program mengadu pengisian program sebahagiannya tiada kaitan dengan nilai-nilai kenegaraan mahupun penyebaran ilmu, sebaliknya merupakan program politik kepartian UMNO-Barisan Nasional dan perkauman semata-mata.

Peserta kursus didoktrinkan dengan propaganda tentang ketuanan Melayu dan ancaman luar dan tidak diberikan ruang untuk mencabar propaganda tersebut memandangkan programnya berjalan secara satu hala sahaja. Kami yakin program-program ini bertentangan dengan matlamat asal penubuhan BTN malah bercanggah dengan peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Mahasiswa yang merupakan aset masyarakat yang sepatutnya boleh berfikir tanpa dikongkong dan mempunyai daya kritis. Program BTN sebaliknya menyekat perkembangan ini dan merencatkan minda mereka.

Sebaliknya mahasiswa-mahasiswa sepatutnya didedahkan dengan lebih banyak program ilmu yang memberikan ruang pelbagai pandangan dibincang dan dibahas. Program-program ini boleh berbentuk forum mahupun pidato yang terbuka, bukannya dibuat secara senyap-senyap dan tertutup sebagaimana program BTN.

Sekian, terima kasih.

s.k. YB Dr. Halimah Ali
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Tetap Pendidikan, Pendidikan Tinggi dan Pembangunan Modal Insan Selangor


A voter said...

Dear YB

I believe majority of rakyat are aware of this, be them Malay or non-Malay; only BN do not know that we all knew PM's 1Malaysia shouting is empty words without sincerity in them. Or they just make don't know ??? :)

Chris said...

All I can say is PM is dreaming if he thinks 1Malaysia will ever materialise! Even my son who's only 17 laughed when his class/ school mates broached the subject. Don't get me wrong, I applaud our PM for trying but he's only one voice ...

Gillian said...

I think we're all to blame for racism; at least the government is trying to do something about it with the NS program, 1Malaysia etc.

Maybe we can look for other solutions and suggest them to the govt? Just laughing at the 'silly ideas' won't be helpful in making a difference.

Anonymous said...

The ordinary folks on the streets are peace loving people and only some politicians are doing all sorts of things to garner support to serve their various interests !

We all know what the BN government are up to and I think only the RAKYAT has the power to change ! Therefore, should I say that we are the agent of changes !

May we all triumph and let the BN be the end !

Malaysian !

a voter said...

We appreciate whoever has the sincerity to work on 1Malaysia concept. YB Hannah Yeoh is a role model in this area for many politicians to follow ; but we definitely are disgusted at those who did a lot of shouting yet acted just the opposite way. Who are they kidding with their acting ?

The multicultural, multiracial, multilingual and multi-religious society in Malaysia is a blessing and an attraction to many foreign tourists if the atmosphere is peaceful and harmonious. This is an asset and a great attraction to draw a substantial income from tourism and foreign investors to our country if the ruling party appreciates and values this asset. However there are some narrow-minded people who couldn't see this, the worst are their words and action are defended by the top leaders who are equally narrow-minded and short-sighted. Eventually all Malaysians will suffer except for a few who gain from this evil motive.

I do hope PR will come up with a new project to replace BTN, but please please do not repeat the mistake made by BN.

The participants of this project must understand we are part of the globalised world. The understanding of the advantages of becoming anak bangsa Malaysia who will trust, respect and work closely with each other to face the global competition is very important.

The participants must understand Malaysians are not staying in a secluded island, if we can not compete with other countries, we are done. All the protection and privileges demanded by a certain race is one major cause that ruins the competitive spirit of this race that forms the majority of our country, and this is such a suicidal request which will first ruin the race, next the country.

This is a simple logic. If you are an investor, would you put your money in a country that demand such thing, where people don’t need to work hard and still get some cakes from your hard work, and flip flop on the laws to suit their need ? Gradually we will fall behind many countries, and scare away many local and foreign investors. Is it any wonder why many foreign investors choose to go to our neighbour countries?

If the politicians want to shout about protecting which race in the name of constitution or religion, this is their choice, the Highest Almighty will see to it when the time comes, but the rakyat must awaken and don’t fall into this trap, don’t ever take their words by the face value. We should respect ourselves as great persons who not only able to stand on our own feet and also civilised enough to treat others with fairness and justice, gain the respect we deserved without even demanding, and get ready to be competitive enough to face this globalised world.

Anonymous said...

The BN is living in their dream world fabricating lies and denials.

The BTN is under the PM's department and if the govt. contimues to deny what was taught in the courses were tantamount to disunite the country, then have have a political agenda in it.

The rakyat will totally reject them. Now the Malays understand that the Chinese and Indians are not their number 1 enemy but the racist UMNO.

UMNO have the cheek to come out and say that BTN is to promote unity.

All those who had gone for the BTN course came out disgusted and cried that this is not what the rakyat hoped to achieve i.e unit and harmony. Instead the course promoted disunity in the hope that UMNO will benefit from this apartheid formulated by them.

The Selangor PR govt did the right thing by having nothing to do with the course. I fully support Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's decision.

Chan Yan Hoong said...

From what I read thus far, BTN is indeed very destructive. It violated the very tenets of our constitution and religion. If what is going on in BTN is not exposed, I wonder whether UMNO will revamp the program. Probably, they will just carry on. 1 Malaysia is just a political slogan without sincerity.

Actually, I feel that majority of the racism is fanned by those racist politcian who wants to gain political mileage.

As for me, it is my dream that one day, Malaysia will be a nation whereby its citizens will look at each other in the eyes as fellow Malaysians. Currently, there are still many Chinese, Malays and Indians, but there are so few Malaysians.

Despite of this, I still believe that the wheels of justice will turn.

Chan, Yan Hoong

Anonymous said...

To Chris (November 30, 2009 2:17 PM)

Hear what you are saying yourself, "Don't get me wrong, I applaud our PM for trying but he's only one voice ."

He is the leader of the pack and the power to stop all this nonsense. He's inaction is conveyed as consent. he is in it together playing good cop bad cop.

Either you are naive or What a sucker you are.. sheessh

Anonymous said...

The Problem lies not only in the BTN program. Proper investigation should also be done on residential schools.

I was schooled in one of the Premier Residential Schools in Malaysia. Acceptance is given only to the top 200 Male Malay UPSR achievers, or so I was told.

From Form One until Form Five, students are/were indoctrinated with "Ketuanan Melayu" and the superiority of the race and such. Any questioning or opposition to the ideas hammered in by the seniors would be met with swift punishment by the seniors and being labeled a traitor to the race.

I, having best friends of different races before admission into the residential school and being brought up in an environment whereby questioning and pursuit of knowledge was given up most importance, stupidly spoke up and was severely beaten down literally and figuratively. Lets just say, I learned the hard way to keep my mouth shut. On a brighter note, I still am best friends with a wide range of races and religions and we feel proud in having a Muhibbah circle of friends.

I choose to remain anonymous due to certain reasons.