S’gor rejects ‘racist, indoctrinating’ BTN
The Selangor government today announced that its civil servants, students in state-owned higher learning institutions and employees in state subsidiaries will be barred from attending nation-building programmes carried out by Biro Tatanegara.
The programmes were described as tools of indoctrination, peppered with racist ideas.
State exco in charge of education and higher education Dr Halimah Ali said the new policy would be implemented with immediate effect after the state government issues formal instructions to the institutions involved.
She told reporters in Shah Alam that the decision was made based on feedback from participants.
“The participants told us that BTN is used as a tool by the Barisan Nasional government to indoctrinate the youth,” she said, adding that the ‘racism’ espoused would divide the people.
Among the institutions involved are Universiti Industri Selangor (Unisel), Kolej Universiti Antarabangsa Selangor (Kuis), Inpens International College, Institut Kemahiran Yayasan Negeri Selangor.
‘Hate the oppositions’ booklets
Speaking of her own experience, Halimah said one of her children, who had attended such a programme, was given a booklet that contained information “to hate the oppositions”.
“So the state government has decided to stop this programme completely because it does not provide anything positive to young minds.
“Instead of wasting people’s money on this, it is better for the state government to give opportunities to students and civil servants by providing courses that contribute to unity and harmony in Selangor,” she added.
Last week, Selangor Pakatan Rakyat’s youth leaders urged the state government to stop sending students for the BTN programmes.
According to PKR state assemblyperson Amiruddin Shari, nation-building programmes organised by the PM’s department had become tools to spread “Umno/BN political ideology and racial politics”.
“From the feedback we received from participants, they were indoctrinated in Malay supremacy propaganda and outside influences,” he said.
The emphasis is mine. Interesting, isn’t it, what’s missing from the Star’s report? You can also check out The Malaysian Insider’s coverage of the same issue.