KUALA LUMPUR: Biro Tata Negara (BTN) modules for civil servants and students are racist and bad-mouth opposition leaders, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said.
He said the BTN modules could also lead to violence.
“BTN modules clearly nurture hatred and extremism between races.
“BTN’s intention is to defend Malaysia’s current government,” he told the media at Wisma Amanah Negara here today.
“They also use certain individuals as their own personal targets.
“Currently, their target is former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, former deputy PM Muhyiddin Yassin and DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang.
“They also link Kit Siang to Singapore’s Peoples Action Party (PAP).
“When I was with PAS, BTN accused its president, Abdul Hadi Awang, and spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat of spreading deviant religious teachings and tearing the community apart.”
Salahuddin also claimed BTN modules propagate the alleged danger the Chinese pose to the Malay institution.
“BTN plays up the issues between Chinese and Malays. The Chinese especially (and other non-Malays) are seen as a threat to the country.
“It claims if the country falls into the hands of the Chinese, Malaysia will topple. The May 13 (racial riots) issue is also being played up by people who run BTN.
“At least 70% of BTN modules nurture hatred and racism. Only 30% is dedicated to patriotism.”
This isn’t the first time that BTN (National Civics Bureau) has been accused of being racist in nature, although the claim has been denied.
Earlier this year, G25 spokesperson Noor Farida Ariffin claimed BTN was being used to promote Malay supremacy.
This was despite Prime Minister Najib Razak dismissing the notion two years ago, adding allegations that it advocated Malay supremacy and racism were “very much a lie”.
Salahuddin said he based all his information on sources close to BTN.
He wanted the BTN programme to be stopped or restructured, with modules encouraging racism and touching on religion removed.
“Our country achieved independence more than 60 years ago. This kind of issues should not be talked about any more.”
On Pakatan Harapan (PH), Salahuddin said the coalition expected to seek approval from the Registrar of Societies (ROS) before Aidilfitri.
He said the party was now finalising the PH committee line-up and doing final touch-ups to its logo.
“We will be having our final meeting sometime before Hari Raya. We already have the committee structure and are now polishing up the logo, adjusting the design.”