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A Frankenstein Gone Berserk
The Biro Tata Negara (BTN) or National Civics Bureau has been hogging the limelight lately for all the wrong reasons.
Ostensbily created for the purpose of fostering patriotism and “commitment to excellence”, the BTN has become an incubator of bigotry and intolerance.
It turned out to be nothing more than “communal brainwashing” and is anything but civic.
It started off as an obscure agency in 1974 with an innocuous-sounding name: Youth Research Unit. It mutated into BTN at the time when Mahathir Mohamad had just assumed power.
And unbeknown to the public, the devils in the BTN had been subtlely and at times blatantly poisoning the minds of scholars, public servants, university students and youths sent there for training in the past quarter of a century.
For decades, BTN had been training and producing “graduates” to become future leaders who would come out well-rounded intellectually, emotionally, spiritually.
The courses they studied had noble objectives:
- enhancing patriotism,
- strengthening self-reliance,
- building character and discipline,
- promoting excellent work ethics, and
- fostering a spirit of camaraderie “regardless of race”.
Once shut up within the four walls of BTN, it is a known fact that the “students” were subjected to racial and political indoctrination.
The products of the BTN system were there for all to see:
A school principal in Johor reportedly said “Chinese students should go back to China” and likened Indian prayer strings to dog leashes.These are the tip of the iceberg: more muck will float when incendiary remarks made in public or in private functions see the light of day.
A special officer openly said that “Indians came to Malaysia as beggars and Chinese, especially women, came to sell their bodies”.
A high-ranking BTN officer shocked the nation when he allegedly called Chinese “slitty eyed” and Indians “alcoholic”.
The courses were also political in nature, emphasising Malay supremacy and loyalty to national leaders.
According to one BTN alumnus, a song was taught with the lyrics: “the land that you walk upon is owned by others”, insinuating that the NON-Malays have grabbed all the land and that it was time the Malays asserted their rights and reclaimed lost ground.
Another alumnus was put off when the trainers tarred the Chinese as the “Jews of Asia” who were engaged in a conspiracy to topple the government.
Yet another participant was shocked when one lecturer blatantly declared that the Malays “were the most supreme race in the world... while the others were insignificant”.
The opposition was mercilessly flayed to bring home the message that it did not pay to vote for the other side.
The BTN continues to exist in its monstrous form. Apologists like Ahmad Maslan, deputy minister in the prime minister's department, and Mahathir were quick to defend the ogre.
Maslan dismissed the whole hullabaloo as a mere slip-up by one lecturer, while Mahathir had nothing but high praise for the BTN for “inculcating the values of discipline and hard work in public servants and scholars”.
Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin came out from the dark to say BTN programmes “inculcate nationalism and unity... in line with the 1Malaysia concept”.
These are weak responses.
Even the recent directive to all heads of government departments to check their officers from making sensitive statements is an exercise in futility. It does not address the glaring abuses in the system.
Undoubtedly, BTN has failed to discharge its duty responsibly.
It has created and released hundreds, perhaps thousands, of bigots into the civil service and other sectors who will continue to spit racial slurs and undermine the very concept of patriotism.
- Love of country cannot exist in a cauldron of hate and spite.
- Moral and ethics cannot take root when public servants themselves do not show exemplary conduct.
- Team spirit cannot be built on the mucky soil of racism.
- Unity in diversity is a lost cause when the doctrine of Malay supremacy is worshipped as a national ideology.
BTN was recast largely in the image of Mahathir. When the doctor took it under his wings in the Prime Minister's Department, the creature underwent a series of operation.
Drastic changes were introduced to ensure that all who attended the courses would come out with the look of the devil in their eyes.
BTN had turned into a Frankenstein monster that has gone berserk and done harm to millions of people who called Malaysia their one and only home.
There is only way to strap down the monster and put it to sleep: abolish the detested BTN.
This calls for firm, decisive action.
BTN aka Frankenstein must be consigned with all haste to the dung heap of history.