Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on Wednesday, 2nd December 2009:
BTN’s racist, anti-national and seditious indoctrination courses should not be glossed over or minimized as it makes a total mockery of 1Malaysia slogan and concept
The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Ahmad Maslan, who is directly responsible for Biro Tata Negara (BTN), is trying to gloss over and minimize the condemnation of the BTN courses as racist, anti-national and seditious indoctrination programmes detrimental to Malaysian nation-building and national unity.
Adding insult to injury, Ahmad claimed that BTN courses were based on facts, asking:
"If we say that two-thirds of the population consist of bumiputeras and one-third non-bumiputeras, is that considered racist?
"If we say 66 percent is bumiputera and 24 percent consists other races, is that racist? That is just stating the facts."
Ahmad, who is also Umno information chief, cannot be so obtuse as not to know that nobody objects to such factual information.
What is legitimate and most proper cause for objection is the communal poison oozing from the BTN course, inciting racial hatred and prejudices which are a great injustice and disservice to 52 years of nation-building, dividing instead of uniting Malaysians of diverse races and religions.
Ahmad’s claim that “We have thousands of ceramah and maybe one minute of the ceramah, the speaker makes some kind of mistake” reflects badly on his incorrigible denial complex.
If the Umno information chief and Deputy Minister specificially responsible for BTN is responsible, he would have known about the barrage of complaints about the divisive, racist and seditious BTN programmes and would not have feigned ignorance.
For instance, there were three letters on this subject in the Star in one week in May this year.
In a letter ‘BTN course teaches disunity” (Star May 22, 2009), “Disappointed” wrote:
Four days later, in the letter “BTN course turning into a farce” (Star May 26, 2009), “GOVERNMENT DOCTOR, Kuching” wrote:
On May 28, 2009, in the letter “BTN course is having the opposite effect”, “Disappointed Parent” from Shah Alam wrote:
This is just one example of the widespread disgust, anger and alienation caused by the divisive, racist and seditious BTN course after Datuk Seri Najib Razak became Prime Minister with his 1Malaysia slogan and concept.
Is Ahmad seriously suggesting that he is completely in the dark and knew nothing about these these serious allegations against the BTN course?
If so, he is not fit to continue as Deputy Minister although this might be the most fitting qualification for him to be Umno Information chief.
I call on the Barisan Nasional Ministers and Deputy Ministers to own up and do not try to gross over or minimize BTN’s racist, anti-national and seditious indoctrination courses as it makes a total mockery of 1Malaysia slogan and concept.
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor