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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: HOW DID UMNO STAY IN POWER FOR SO LONG?

    BTN? Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't this the brainchild of Anwar?

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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: HOW DID UMNO STAY IN POWER FOR SO LONG?

    Quote Originally Posted by racheljansz
    BTN? Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't this the brainchild of Anwar?
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Biro Tata Negara (National Civics Bureau, or simply BTN) is an agency of the Malaysian government in the Prime Minister's Department. It was established in 1974 as the Youth Research Unit (Unit Penyelidikan Belia) under the Youth Ministry,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biro_Tata_Negara

    According to this article, Anwar was detained under ISA in 1974.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interna...%28Malaysia%29

    Year Name Detention Period Role Reason for Detention
    1974 Anwar Ibrahim 20 months student protester.

    I don't suppose you are suggesting Anwar set it up while he was in Kamunting as part of his rehabilitation program?
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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: BTN-closure Spin is starting

    Watch the Mainstream Media preparing the groundwork for the closure of the BTN. Let's see how Muhyiddin and Shahrizat squirm out of this if it happens.

    The Malaysian Insider
    Sunday November 29 2009
    Related Articles

    * Those who go for BTN courses love it, says Shahrizat
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    * MCA Youth wants BTN to check allegations
    * Matlamat Biro Tata Negara penuhi inspirasi nasional — Jami’ah Shukri
    * Revolt in Makkal Sakti over Samy Vellu-style leader
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    * Tiba-tiba Kerajaan Negeri Selangor takut kepada BTN! — Azman Anuar
    * PKR to dissect BTN with aid of insiders

    Najib’s BTN dilemma


    By Leslie Lau
    Consultant Editor

    KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin next to him, and a number of ministers were thoroughly briefed several weeks ago on the divisive nature of the controversial Biro Tata Negara (BTN) courses compulsory for civil servants and university undergraduates.

    At the end of the briefing, the PM spoke of the fear and siege mentality the BTN courses had created, particularly among Malay participants.

    “This must end,” he told those present, including Muhyiddin, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin and Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

    The Malaysian Insider understands that all of the Cabinet members who were present at the briefing, arranged by Datuk Seri Idris Jala, nodded in agreement. (Nodding in agreement in unison. How sweet.) TheMalaysiaInsider....
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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: HOW DID UMNO STAY IN POWER FOR SO LONG?

    Quote Originally Posted by pywong
    I don't suppose you are suggesting Anwar set it up while he was in Kamunting as part of his rehabilitation program?
    Heaven forbids! I'm just trying to clear the smokescreen and the straw-men.
    Thanks for pointing out the time lines. But it was rumored, later as the DPM, he initiated the change in curriculum to be like the current.
    Watch the Mainstream Media preparing the groundwork for the closure of the BTN?
    No going to happen as long as it still serves UMNO interest. There will be disneyland style study to be done. And committees and commission to be set up. Talk of compromised. Talk of action taken. Talk, talk, talk.... later when Bolehland Rakyat exhibits the muda lupa syndrome, it is quietly classified under OSA and stamped NFA.
    Another open-secret institutionalised racism is the Sejarah in the secondary schools.

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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: BTN - RPK & Dr. Azly Rahman comments

    Let truth be told: the truth behind BTN
    NO HOLDS BARRED


    Friday, 27 November 2009 Super Admin

    The Deputy Prime Minister says one thing. The BTN website says another. No, let not the words come out of my mouth. Let it instead come out from the ‘mouth’ of the BTN website (http://www.btn.gov.my/). Let the course module speak for itself. If you are not clever enough to read between the lines and catch the subtle message in this BTN website, then you are not smart enough to be a Malaysia Today reader.


    NO HOLDS BARRED

    Raja Petra Kamarudin Malaysiatoday....

    BTN -- Between true education and indoctrination
    A REPUBLIC OF VIRTUE

    Friday, 27 November 2009 Super Admin

    These days, the idea of Ketuanan Melayu is going bankrupt, sinking with the bahtera merdeka. It works only for Malay robber barons who wish to plunder the nation by silencing the masses and using the ideological state apparatuses at their disposal.

    A REPUBLIC OF VIRTUE

    by Azly Rahman


    http://azlyrahman-illuminations.blogspot.com/ Malaysiatoday....
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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: HOW DID UMNO STAY IN POWER FOR SO LONG?

    The psychopaths who set up the BTN suffers from an acute sense of inferiority. To compensate, they use the power they have to abuse the charges in their care, which gives them a vicarious pleasure that is better than a climax.

    Silence, please! Mind tuning in progress

    NOV 29 — The most surprising thing about the ongoing BTN (Biro Tata Negara, although it might be more apt to call it the Brain Tuning Network) furore is not so much what actually goes on behind closed doors but that it took so long to be exposed publicly.

    All but an open secret for years gone by, its shroud is slowly but surely being stripped away to allow those not fortunate enough to have been invited to join to now take a peek at the festivities that go on under the guise of unity-building and fostering goodwill.

    The things they teach, in the course of turning participants into productive and loving Malaysians, are issues some attendees have faithfully tried to carry to the masses. So even if you didn’t manage to get in, fret not. Think of it as a pyramid scheme, you’ll hear about it even if you have no desire to.

    One thing on the agenda is that DAP is a communist party, though in recent times it has become more difficult to decipher whether this is meant to paint them in a bad light or otherwise. Especially when we’ve been so eager to curry favour with the communists that our prime minister has seen fit to retrace his father’s footsteps and go knocking on Beijing’s doors.

    “Come, please come. Build us our bridges. Lend us your money. Buy up our companies. What? Communism? No, we have no problems with communists. We love communists, we even used to have some of our own! Not anymore so nowadays we have import them by the planeloads to pretty up our lounges. Yes, please come, we welcome you. Oh, er, how did that go again? Erm, yes, hu?n yíng, hu?n yíng.”

    This is also difficult to reconcile with the idea that the Chinese in Malaysia are “pendatang” and should therefore be sent packing to China. But if they’re so eager to be rid of the Chinese, why do they spread their legs so far apart for the Mainland Chinese? It can’t be that we’re “too Chinese”, so are we not Chinese enough? Not communist enough? Will it help if we start paying for things in yuan?

    It wouldn’t be so bad if the gist of the xenophobia was directed at foreign nations, maybe in the vein of Iranian “We must fight the Western devils” or Castro’s “Man your guns! The Yankees are coming to bomb us!” (Understandable, in all fairness, as the Yankees did bomb them before.)

    But to turn citizen against fellow citizen? What earthly good can ever come of this? What true benefit can they hope to achieve by gumming up their own works, crippling their own economy? What damned fool truly believes this a good idea?

    We are being aimed at each other’s throats so that we become blind to see our pockets picked.

    More importantly, the BTN programme is but one grotesque manifestation of the ethnocentric government. It is there because there is an unspoken policy behind it, and all other forms of gradually cementing institutionalised racism.

    To have bred a culture of intolerance and an environment of hate that drives the country’s talent into the eagerly-awaiting bosom of foreign nations, what right do they have to cry foul that the “disloyal and unpatriotic” do not return to aid the country’s progress? And what hypocrisy and pointlessness to later institute programmes to “lure” them back when they suddenly need them.

    If they subscribe to the idea that the state is the father and the people, his children, then we have had decades of living with a drunken, abusive parent. One who disguises his iniquities and weaknesses as a blanket of love. He is cruel only to be kind, he tells his little ones. But the truth is, he is just cruel.

    All this to what end? To reinforce their political base? To win and keep their positions of power? How politically and morally bankrupt must one be to willingly gamble the fate of the nation for a few more years in power? When unable to stay in office on the back of good governance, does none feel the shame of having to resort to such lows to claw on to a post they no longer — and perhaps never did — deserve? Have some pride, at least.

    It is time politicians accepted that all Malaysians are Malaysians, be they brown, black, yellow, purple or green. All have and must play a role in salvaging a country that has been busy standing still while the world races on. We cannot choose the nation of our birth, but we have the choice of what we do for it still.

    So they can make everyone start pulling in the same direction or they can continue to stoke the flames in the centre and have the country pull itself asunder.

    Prosper together. Or beggar thy neighbour; and thyself along. Even then, it may already be too late. TheMalaysiaInsider....
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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: LKS: Show us what BTN teaches

    Show us what BTN teaches, says Kit Siang
    By Clara Chooi

    Lim scoffed at the open denials made by Umno leaders that the courses were not racial in nature and did not invoke feelings of hatred amongst the races.

    He said it was not so much the syllabus that contained such “racism” but the interactions and lectures given during the courses.

    “It is not the syllabus but the interactions that spew out so much communal poison,” he said.

    Lim urged the Umno leaders to stop their “double-speak” on the issue and end racial politics once and for all by conducting themselves as national leaders for all Malaysians.

    He said leaders like Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil and Datuk Seri Noh Omar, who had spoken out in defence of the BTN courses, were merely in denial of the truth.

    “If they are incapable of behaving like true leaders, then they should scrap and bury the seven-month-old 1 Malaysia concept by the new Barisan Nasional.

    “There is no doubt that these BTN courses, which incite racial hatred, are completely against the 1 Malaysia concept and this is why, after 52 years, the concept had to be mooted, because nation-building in the country was a failure,” said Lim.


    IPOH, Nov 29 – Critics charge that it is racist in nature, the government insists it is not. The big BTN argument is really unnecessary when a solution is so simple, according to DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang – make public what really goes on in the camps.

    He challenged the Federal Government to reveal, through a public inquiry, what is taught during the controversial National Civics Bureau (Biro Tata Negara, or BTN) courses.

    “Why not, if they have nothing to hide and claim that the courses do not incite racial hatred? Let it be publicly revealed,” he said in a press conference after the opening of the Perak DAP 15th annual convention here today. TheMalaysiaInsider....

    Penang may also bar staff from BTN
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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: THE PROBLEM OF POLITICAL FINANCING

    All we see are govt officials passing the buck as to who is responsible to rein in the politicians, particularly UMNO.

    The problem of political financing
    1 Dec 09 : 9.15PM

    By Koh Lay Chin
    kohlaychin@thenutgraph.com

    Even public officials from the Election Commission (EC) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) spoke about their institutions having limited powers to check the abuse of political funds.

    The MACC, for example, did not have the power to investigate expenses because candidates only submitted returns to the EC at the end of elections, MACC director for the excellence and professionalism division Abdul Wahab Abdul Aziz claimed.

    EC deputy chairperson Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar said the EC only had the power to regulate a party's campaign expenditure. But the power to investigate its expenditure fell under the jurisdiction of the police or the MACC.

    Institutional oversight

    Abdul Wahab said the problem was also that Malaysia had two to three bodies dealing with corruption. Anti-corruption enforcement measures would be more effective when a single agency was in charge, he argued, citing the US Federal Election Commission and the Australian Electoral Commission. The Nut Graph....

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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: Where the Malaysian Pyramid is headed

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    The shrinking of the middle-class:

    In an age where polities depended on human resources and where there were rarely any substantial standing armies, migration was one of the most powerful forms of passive resistance that was available to the ordinary people of Southeast Asia.

    So from that historical perspective we may want to look at what is happening in Malaysia today. The outflow of human resource — the most precious possession that any country can claim — is perhaps one of the few political acts that the ordinary citizen can perform today. The country loses, and we all lose too in the process. But the ruling elite in Malaysia today has to ask itself this simple question: If and when so many Malaysians chose to leave the country of their birth, what were the factors that prompted them to do so, and what could the elite have done to win and retain their confidence in the Malaysian project. Set against this context, all talk of a “United Malaysia”, “1 Malaysia”, “Malaysian Malaysia” seems stale and ineffectual.

    Malaysia is most in danger not when it is invaded, but when Malaysians themselves have lost faith in it. And for that loss of faith in the national project, we have no one else to blame save the politicians of the country themselves. TheMalaysiaInsider.... Migration as protest: Why Malaysians are leaving — Farish A. Noor

    304,358 Malaysians who were reported to have migrated from March 2008 to August 2009.

    Kohilan clarified that the number of “Malaysians who migrated” consists of those who are working abroad and registered with the respective Malaysian embassies.

    There was nevertheless a sharp rise in the number of Malaysians who registered themselves as having moved abroad with 210,000 of them doing so from January to August this year compared with 94,000 from March to December 2008.

    He also said that between 45 to 55 per cent, or roughly half, of the Malaysians working abroad are professionals.

    The volume of Malaysian talent moving abroad is a potentially damaging brain drain and a matter of concern as the country is attempting to remake itself into a developed high-income nation. TheMalaysiaInsider.... Two-fold increase in Malaysians giving up citizenship

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    Re: THE RAT RACE PART VI – MALAYSIA: HOW DID UMNO STAY IN POWER FOR SO LONG?

    Control Sabah & Sarawak -
    That was UMNO's strategy.

    Now Yong Teck Lee is whining away and trying to be a Sabah champion. He didn't do much during his tenure as Sabah Chief Minister. Even now, the solution is to partner with Pakatan Rakyat to challenge BN. Instead he wants to operate outside the 2-party system, which effectively favours UMNO. Watch the actions, not listen to the words.


    YONG: I AM NOT OUTDATED. I REMEMBER HISTORY.

    3rd Dec 09

    Yong Teck Lee: He further said Article IV of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 binds the United Kingdom to transfer sovereignty and jurisdiction over Sabah to Malaysia . He said, as such it was not wrong to say that political control of Sabah has shifted from colonial capital London to national capital Kuala Lumpur (now Putrajaya). Sabahkini
    py

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