Biro Tata Negara: Taxpayer Funded Hate Machine

October  6, 2010

Free Malaysia Today Editorial

October 5, 2010

Biro Tata Negara: An Incubator or Bigotry and Intolerance

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 unbeknownst 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 over 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”.

The goals were fine on paper but it appears they were not put into practice or had become totally irrevelant. Once shut up within the four walls of BTN, it is a  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. 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”. 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.

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 at taxpayers’ expense and released hundreds, perhaps thousands, of bigots into the civil service and other sectors, who will continue to spew 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 is an antithesis of everything that is good, unifying, principled, decent.

BTN was recast largely in the image of Mahathir. When the aging 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 that has gone berserk and done harm to millions of people who call 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.

19 thoughts on “Biro Tata Negara: Taxpayer Funded Hate Machine

  1. Why stop only at Biro Tata Negara when Ministries like the Information Ministry, Home Ministry, courts etc are taxpayer funded machinery to suppress dissent, disseminate false information, disinformation and misinformation, rather than administers justice mete out punishment to those who dare stand up to the government??

  2. Why can I say then we have no control on how our tax money is being spent. Those from UMNO might not like chinese so much but they do love China’s iron-fisted system and propaganda.

  3. When a government set up a hate machine like BTN, we know that it’s in a very desperate situation. And we also know that it’s time we vote them out before the whole government becomes a monster and consume us all.

  4. if one does not agree with the terms under which merdeka was achieved and want to change those terms, BTN has a very important role to play.

    actually all these revelations show how smart the people of umno have been.

  5. Didn’t Tunku Abd Aziz say the other day that every single institution has been compromised.
    I will say ( to borrow Nazir’s words) – Every single institution has been ‘bastardized’.

  6. Anyway this is nothing new, we saw them out in force in the early eighties, the administrators, educators, and civil service that hated anything non malay and anything non muslim. If they all only knew that their salaries, the government programs, the infrastructures and the entire Malaysian environment they lived in are all funded by haram money.

  7. What is the point of the PM trying to attract Malaysian talents abroad to come home thru his Talent Corporation when this BTN is rearing its ugly head?

    Why even talk about 1Malaysia when there is no decisive leadership to handle people like Nasir Safar, the headmistress from Kulai and of course Ibrahim Ali al-Kataki and even Tun Apanama al-Kutty.

  8. “The BTN continues to exist in its monstrous form”.

    BTN can best be described as the Greek mythological “Gorgon”, the Dreadful – in it’s presence, the observer turn into ‘batu’. It ossifies because it’s ossified. We will wait for the Malaysian version of Perseus – it wasn’t any of the Hang anti-heroes. Btw, whatever happened to the Taming Sari?

  9. Well done Malaysians, you have voted the Government you deserve and BTN comes with it at taxpayers’ expense. Raja Petra reminded you so.

    Now we see PKR is also creating their own monsters. PAS is divided with some members quietly consorting and sleeping with UMNO. DAP leaders are jostling for power crazy. In the end, we got BN, UMNO & Perkasa again.

  10. Malaysia’s very own contribution to fascist ideology.

    Such ideas do not spring up from nowhere.
    Who are the right-wing intellectuals who came up
    with the ideas being promoted by BTN such as
    Malay Supremacy, the so-called “Social Contract” etc ?
    Name them and shame them!

  11. The BTN makes a mockery of 1Malaysia. It is a power onto itself without accountability. As a result, all who are exposed to its training are “bastardised” through and through. Under the pretext of promoting excellence, BTN is a vehicle for the suppression of one’s critical faculties.

    I never had to attend BTN type courses at INTAN when I was in the service. Civics was taught in school and fellowship between Malaysians was developed in the field of sports and extracurricular activities like scouting, cadet corps and even gardening. My identity, race and religion were not relevant.

    Today, everything is segregated and our young are made to feel that race and religion define them, whereas in the days of old we were taught mutual respect and tolerance. That is the difference. Call that progress, or is it retardation? This is a question we must ask Apanama Dia.–Din Merican

  12. After more than 3 decade away from Malaysia, I am defintely NOT coming home. Both my kids are are in the top universities and having the best education without being discriminated against.

    Malayisa today is much worse than it was in 1979 and I doubt very much it will improve with these RACISTs running the country. Najib can say what he wants to try to entice the overseas malaysian to return. Lip service aint going convince us to return.


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