Reflections on a sinking Bahtera Merdeka

Dr. Azly Rahman

Bonda senyum riang (Mother smiled with joy)
Menerima bahtera merdeka… (In receiving the ship of Independence)

– words from an old song of the 70s

With apologies to the late American social critic Gore Vidal, my piece this week was conceived over the weekend at a speech at Harvard University, during which I spoke about the “ambiguities of freedom” in post-March 8 revolution in Malaysia.

The bahtera/jong/ship that was supposed to bring this country and its people to this mythical magical and elusive place called ‘Vision 2020’ is going down fast and will perhaps sink by May 13, 2008 – 50 years after it was built with confidence and with a new hope for a multi-cultural Malaysia that promised justice for all.

The Titanic of Malaysia’s independence is giving way. The Ides of March and April Showers that transformed into a tsunami and that will bring May Flowers of Power of the Sixties sensibility – all these will bring down the United Malays that is neither. The Malays were neither pure Malays nor united. Nor was Umno even a national organisation. Neither national nor organised, especially at the brink of its sinking.

And Johoreans – the creators of UMNO – must now be the ones crying out loud on board the UMNO sinking ship. Little did they know that they accidentally built in the seeds of contradiction and the antithesis of patriotism into foundations of the Bahtera Merdeka.

They did not know what globalisation and radical multiculturalism meant. Nor did they anticipate that when the bahtera travelled to the northern states and Umno changed stewards in the course of 50 years, disasters would happen. Bonda senyum riang is now weeping.

What happened? Insightful analyses continue to be made on the event of the sinking. Blogs are providing powerful and plausible interpretations and readings into the event.

My thoughts on the sinking ship revolve more on the nature of the human mind; how it is prepared for the sinking ship. I want to specifically talk about the Malay mind, one I am quite familiar with having been raised in a Malay worldview, albeit vacillatingly as I move in, out, and around multiple worlds.

Akujanji culture

It is no just greed and abuse of power that are contributing to the sinking ship. There is systematic mental genocide of Malays by the party that claims to represent them.

The mental illness that has been inflicted on the bright young Malay minds since Independence is like germ warfare by the rich and powerful Malays on the poor and the powerless, so that only the few will survive in this pseudo-Malay game of Social Darwinism and fascism combined.

In the Kennedy-era of the 1960s Modernisation theorists such as David McClelland talked about the nAch virus, or the “need for Achievement” virus needed for people of the Third World countries to modernise.

The Malays were given the nDoc virus to keep their mind in total obedient mode. This is the “need for Docility” or or “need to be made docile”, or “need to be mentally subdued” or “need to merely follow rules and orders” or “need to keep silent even in face of oppression” and “need to sign the Surat Akujanji” and follow whatever the ketua jabatan commands them to do, even to vote for a sinking ship or to surrender their Constitutional rights.

All these are part of the spectrum of the carpet-bombing mechanism deployed in the germ warfare inflicted by the few Malays upon the many Malays, especially to those in the educational and public service institutions.

While those in power can make and break all the rules they want, those who are powerless are forced to kowtow to the demands, however ridiculous these may seem. The multitude of high profile corruption cases, unsolved, attest to the arrogance of the powerful amongst us. The record number of Constitutional amendments this country as seen since Independence too illustrate the nature of control of one branch of government over the others.

Biro Totalitarianisma Negara

The Biro Tata Negara (BTN) is the chief institution that disseminates the idea of Malay supremacy, makes Malays docile, wages nDoc germ warfare on Malays, breeds inter-racial hatred, destroys the possibility of inter-race dialogue, makes Malays afraid of themselves and their own shadow, and psyches Malays into believing that only UMNO is their true saviour.

It is a dangerous and divisive institution that is deliberately destroying the mind of the Malays and forcing the hard-working race to perform in life based on their own merit. It is a fascist institution that is instilling the idea that the non-Malays are the ones making the Malay poor and perhaps lazy.

A successful master-slave narrative needs this brand of ideology in order for soft power to be sustained. A dependency syndrome as such is a necessary creation of the powerful to gain control over the powerless. This is also the hidden doctrine of slavery and mental servitude. The silent and docile Malay is successfully reproduced generation after generation.

The feel-good of this doctrine is akin to the “feel-good” sensation of a “freshie-ragging” session during Orientation Week in many a Malay-dominated institution of learning in which the culture of “abang/kakak – adik angkat” prevails. Both parties derive pleasure out of the structurally-violent relationship. At a deeper historical level, this is how neo-feudalistic mode of thinking gets perpetuated. The State becomes the postmodern Feudal Kingdom.

The Biro Tata Negara is not teaching ethics of patriotism but instead disseminating the virtues of xenophobia and ethnocentrism, destroying the mind of the Malays. The rakyat must now question the very existence and perpetuation of the propaganda machine and institute ways to stop this machinery from further functioning.

I speak from my own personal experience in being forcefully and systematically injected with the nDoc virus some time in the mid-1980s at the height of the BTN’s work in capturing and captivating the mind of the Malays, turning them into leaders who hate especially the Chinese. It claimed that the non-Malays have taken the wealth away from the Malays.

As an educator I want to see the immediate stop to the work of any form of government agencies that teach Malaysians to hate one another. I believe many Malaysian educators for peace and social justice share my view. I want to especially see the BTN and the National Service in their current form and mode of pedagogical operation, go down together with the sinking ship/bahtera merdeka. I want to see more programs that foster inter-racial harmony and collaboration, in a country plagued with policies that discriminates based on race, class, creed, and national origin. I want to see children of the new immigrants as well given the opportunities to learn about inter-racial understanding. I believe many progressive Malaysian educators wish to see the two programs halted and reconstructed.

I think these two systematic programs of mass indoctrination which grew ironically out of the work of “intellectuals” of our public universities are anti-patriotic and do not create good, thinking citizens able to cooperate inter-culturally in a rapidized globalizing world. These two government programs to promote docile thinking are no longer suitable for a changing Malaysia that wants to value tolerance, respect, dignity, and peaceful resolution for all races. They are in fact part of the instruments of domination that has brought UMNO and the government down its knees.

These programs are based on a flawed philosophy of leadership and human development. They are meant to deliberately create Spartans and not Athenians in our youth. Spartans merely follow rules while Athenians create philosophies that spark revolutions and innovations celebrating humanism. Greek (and Islamic) philosophy inspired the European Renaissance movement which then sparked the Scientific Revolution. The government-indoctrination programs of the Malaysian government, perhaps funded through an unlimited budget, waste the talent of our youth and failed to inculcate creativity and multiple-intelligence capacities. They may strengthen the body but weaken the mind at a time when “brain power” is needed in world in which “information is the currency” and “brain-power industries” are the foundation of economies.

Malays not only need to reject all forms of mental domination as such but also perhaps file a class action suit against the BTN for instilling the fear in themselves, failing to relate with trust with other races, and failing to perform to the best of their mental capacity. Parents need to critically think of the value of these programs and how they affect the consciousness of their children/youngster.

If HINDRAF leaders can file for reparation for the injustices inflicted upon Indians brought over as indentured serfs, the Malays who have been forced into indoctrination programs such as those run by BTN must also seek reparation for mental damage caused by the bureau’s decades of work.

We need a new ship and a brand new crew. We need a true blue Bahtera Merdeka. It is now probably docking either in Sabah or Sarawak.

[REMINDER: As usual, please leave comments that educate and that will bring our level of discussion to a higher intellectual plane. We are all learning to propose avenues to build a new republic upon the ruins of the old. Deconstruct paradigms, not people. People are as good as the politics and paradigm that produce them. Let us continue to be ethical and gentle yet deeply critical in our writings.]

  1. #1 by Chong Zhemin on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 11:06 am

    The bahtera/jong/ship that was supposed to bring this country and its people to this mythical magical and elusive place called ‘Vision 2020? is going down fast and will perhaps sink by May 13, 2008

    This made me recall a post from Tian Chua’s blog – Cross over and jump ship. how

  2. #2 by lkc57 on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 11:41 am

    We only hope that it is not too late for Malaysia to halt the deteriorations. Our education system has been churning out substandard and non-competitive people. People who cannot speak well in a single language – be it BM, English or Chinese. Investors have relocated to Vietnam, Thailand, China, and may be India starting now, after realising that they have been taken for a ride.

    The education system has flopped. The delivery system, manned by substandard, irresponsible and incapable personnel has been counter-productive. Yet, our leadership is still painstakingly pulling wool over rakyat’s eyes, painting a falsified success stories!

    On the initial setting, Vision 2020 was just a political chessboard of Mahathir. Countries take hundreds of years to achieve the fully developed status. Why Mahathir could dream that Malaysia would be able to do so in shorter than 50 years? The overemphasis on economic development has resulted in us having to pay heavily on our daily life – more expensive food, clothing, petrol, ….

    One problem with our leadership is: they can ignore the universal definitions, and replace them with their own. To me, I see that they draw up their own definitions, their own sets of terms and conditions, etc. And, from then on, they make themselves believe that they are on the way to success.

    They assume the leadership position to the third world countries, claiming to share knowledge of privatisation, experience in this and experience in that. Alas, I was so ashamed when I met a guy from South Africa and started a conversation. His country is so much more developed than ours! It makes me think hard the purpose of our propagandas: Malaysia Boleh, Malaysia Truly Asia, …..

    We are taught against arrogance, even if we are more excellent than our peers. What can be worse, when our leaders are telling the whole world that they are better, in fact…. they are not!

  3. #3 by toyolbuster on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 12:17 pm

    I want to see that Hishammudin is sacked as MOE, I want to see that Mahathir, the father of BTN, is dragged into a court of justice and be charged and sentenced to the most severe form of punishment. I want to see that umno goes down with their stinking bahtera. I want to see that the IGP, Fairuz, and all the agents of Satan rot in HELL

  4. #4 by HJ Angus on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 12:30 pm

    I think Vision 2020 was achieveable if those in authority had the integrity and the guts to stay HONEST and not use political power to destroy all the priceless institutions and use the NEP to enrich just a few dozen cronies.

    Just compare ourselves with the tiny “red dot”. They too gave up many freedoms but the government there has been more fair in taking care of the marginalised. Sure Singaporeans must work hard but with no natural resources, they are now consultants to many nations who want to grow faster.

    Between Malaysia and Singapore, the major difference has been the attitude of the ruling elite.

    Hishammudin got the lousy job of MoE with the English changeover and I hope he does not cancel the policy with another U-turn. His comment that teachers would also be taught in English is a step in the right direction.

    BTW, teachers are now being sent to the UK for year-long English programs. My son is a “student ambassador” with a London U and escorted a few of them as part of his duties. Hopefully H would confine his keris displays at cultural events only.

  5. #5 by allasstra on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 1:02 pm

    oohh….wow,…and so the hunt for Emanual Goldstien begins….

  6. #6 by ShiokGuy on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 1:02 pm

    For 38 years since 1970 (Am I right?), the mindset of our brother and sister has been brainwashed.

    I remember in 1988 while studying in New Zealand for my BE degree, i was having financial difficulty hence I have to stay like 10km away from the University (In a garage of a kind Kiwi who provide me with food and settle in return of doing their housework and gardening, they are 2 old couple). Usually in Winter time i will move closer to the University because it is simply too dangerous and slipperly to cycle for 10KM every morning.

    And what really sadness me the most is when a friend of mine, a malay government sponsor student who failed and repeat almost every year come to tell me this “Yong, tak cukup duit name upgrade to a new car lah. You guy come here to study are very rich why tak drive? why nak cycling?”

    I told him I am financially broke and I am not from a rich family. We always struggle for to sent our kids to better education while in Malaysia we are not even guarantee a University place when we are top student.

    His reply “Nak, you orang very stingy only. ada duit enjoy la. You make all the money in Malaysia, we Malay cannot compete so we need to better study here”

    I ask him “what has better education has to do with better car? You already stay in the hostel within the university compound and you don’t need a car.”

    His reply “Enjoy lah!”

    My hold back my tear, and said to myself,, what a waste of tax payer money, my father paying tax and here I am feeling sad and disgust.

    I don’t think Azmin is a bad person. He was brainwashed to belief this is what happen. And he was make to belief he deserves all this perk and benefit.

    I know a lot of new malay brother and sister has think otherwise, and I am happy for the future of my grandson!

    For you information, my elder son is only 8. I don’t expect my son’s future to be as great, may be my grandson time.

    Shiok Guy
    Read my blog and my opinion

  7. #7 by bystander on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 1:08 pm

    Well said Dr Azly. At the least you are frank enough to admit that malays are indoctrinating the mass malays to hate nonmalays. We the nonmalays are always prepared to coexist, integrate, help one another and living in harmony and peace. You are absolutely correct in saying that the malays in power have been preaching malay supremacy idealogy, xenophobia, fear, hatred to remain in power. Very sad to say, this is still happening today in schools and universities systematically encouraged by MOE and carried out by LMNs. As a nonmalay, I can vouch there is no such nonmalay equivalent. I would never subscribe to such racist and discriminating policy and practice.

  8. #8 by Saint on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 1:11 pm

    The Malay / Islam compulsion is one of the man made restrictions in Malaysia. Remove it and you can see the explosion of racial mixture in this country that will bring us to Vision 2020 so much faster.

  9. #9 by allasstra on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 1:16 pm

    ShiokGuy Says:

    “For you information, my elder son is only 8. I don’t expect my son’s future to be as great,”

    —u say this,….from a guy that has a blog that are infested with “adult” adds ?

    you should be ashamed of your self, in case if u are un-capable to feel it,….let me tell u this:

    i felt the shame on your behalf.

  10. #10 by lakilompat on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 1:50 pm

    It is already 2 late now.

    1) Once Sultan get back the power – guess what? poor rakyat have to burden twice as much. (Profit to Sultan and Profit to Federal UMNO Cronies). Good example is the Brunei Sultan’s brother who dwindled the state coffer now he’s facing several lawsuits.

    2) Without Corruptions, the underground leaders will proceed to do crime, drugs, loan shark, robbery. For robbery, rakyat in opposition already knew things are already happening. Fire arms are been smuggled from Thailand, and Indonesia, so don’t frequent goldsmith and bank, many plans already in these target list. Avoid Bank and Goldsmith.

  11. #11 by TTDI_KL on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 2:20 pm

    Dr Azly Rahman,
    What you said about the akujanji culture and the BTN indoctrination programme were very pertinent. Like the initial success of communism in the earlier years, UMNO’s culture was precisely that. I guess when people were poor and ignorant, it is always easy to manipulate and hoodwink and so UMNO was able to breath and live like what the communism has done – to subjugate and indoctrinate.

    In many ways, I think the UMNO elites have failed to see or deliberately not wanting to see the reality of globalisation that is upon us. Although many are now talking about the backlash of globalisation, the reality is globalisation is probably an inevitable and irreversible trend driven very much by a force of its own. It is no longer a valid argument to say that Malaysia will globalise at the pace it is comfortable with. On the contrary, Malaysia must globalise at the pace as dictated. This means think and act productive and efficient, benchmarking against the best, leveraging on the strength and capability of everyone, rewards based on efforts and risk taking and minimal distortion and intervention on the working of the economy. Government social, distribution and welfare programmes should remain as what they are – social, distribution and welfare programmes. Any attempt to achieve these objectives through businesses, investment and economic policies are recipes for disaster. It only renders the whole economy inefficient and unproductive and increasingly incapacitates the ability of the government to carry social, distribution and welfare programmes. Between growth and equity, growth must come first, for if there is no growth, there is nothing to distribute.

    I don’t see how UMNO exclusive race-based policies perpetuated through akujanji mentality and BTN indoctrination can bring greatness to this country.

  12. #12 by boh-liao on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 4:17 pm

    MP for Kinabatabangan Bung Mokhtar Radin has been named the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club deputy chairman.


  13. #13 by Loh on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 4:42 pm

    Man (woman) is brought to this world without him ever wanting or knowing. He therefore does not have a purpose for coming to this world. He can’t really tell what his purpose was, since he has not come into this world on purpose. He would try to give an answer to show he is intelligent and to satisfy others who might expect an answer.

    A political party is formed by man, and they have at least a genuine purpose for forming that party, either to serve the people or to serve their own personal interests.

    When politicians choose to serve the people, they may do it without ever thinking of recompense. If they so, then they are using the political party as a vehicle to serve the people, and out of gratitude, the people would make recompense to him. So, eventually it is serving personal interests that the politicians are doing it through serving the people in the first place.

    When politicians claim that they serve the political party for their race, religion and the country, that statement can only be true if the country comprises of people of only one race and one religion. The statement is contradictory when there is more than one race or one religion, since the politicians can serve only the subsets of the intersection of race and religion. In serving only the intersection subset, the politicians could only serve part of the nation covered by the intersection of race/religion if their actions do not cause a loss to the interests of people of other races and religions. Otherwise, when the politicians serve only a portion at the expense of the others, there cannot be unity and solidarity among the people of the nation. No nation can stand or defend itself under external threat when there is no solidarity.

    Other than sadists, human beings have the sense of empathy and compassion to help the poor, needy and downtrodden. Thus it is genuine human kindness that assistance where possible would be provided to the needy persons irrespective of their race or religion. However, when poverty alleviation programmes of the government are directed to the needy beneficiaries based not on needs but on race or religion, that programmes are not out of compassion, but as an investment for some recompense. It is vote buying to serve the divide and rule objectives.

    The late Tun Dr. Ismail expressed surprise that MCA and MIC accepted readily the special privilege enshrined in article 153 of the Federal Constitution, which was subject to review after 15 years in 1972. He said that Malays would on their own willingly remove that Article when they no longer require it. The late Tun Razak made the opposition parties support constitutional amendment to freeze discussion on the review of article 153, as a condition for reconvening parliament in 1971. Now, even the Raja Muda of Kelantan claimed that Malay privilege was a price paid by non-Malays for obtaining citizenship, and he conveniently forgot that that privilege was originally subject to review in 1972. He forgot also that people born in Penang and Malacca were subjects of the British, and they were entitled to be citizens of Malaya on independence. To be historically correct, would it be true that Penang and Malacca borns are entitled to the privilege as well. It appears that the day that the late Tun Ismail envisaged Malays voluntarily removing article 153 would never come.

    Have the Malays built up special bondage among themselves that they are willing to sacrifice themselves so that other Malays can have a better life? The fight that UMNO politicians have engaged in has always been to take it from non-Malays for the benefits of Malays. But there have not been concrete examples of sacrificing oneself for the good of other Malays except for one case claimed by the son-in-law of PM AAB that he sold his shares in ECM LIBRA to a Malay tycoon even though he could have gotten more selling to non-Malays. But we hear calls for PM AAB to resign now though they claimed to love PM AAB when they were in position of power just before the March 8 election. Greed and self interests are human nature to Malays too!

    Why then do UMNO leaders compete to be champions of Malays? The political structure of divide and rule allow the winners among the Malay champions to acquire the lion share of political power, and the contest has always been how best they can bully the other races, and seen to be doing it.

    We are fools if we do not know the root causes of the ills in the country. But where else can a party with 82 seats control a parliament of 222 seats, and having a third of its members as ministers? Where else is politics the most profitable profession in the world?

    People are free to choose the most profitable endeavors in their life. But in Malaysian politics, the politicians have invented the strategic methodology to remain in power by cultivating the mindset among its vote banks to be reliance on government assistance. This is reinforced with the entitlement mindset through Ketuanan Melayu grounded on Article 153, and the achievement attributed with collective sense of jealousy which brought the advent of NEP.

    Had this country been ruled by personality which practiced Malaysian Malaysia since 1972, we should now be on par with Japan as a developed nation. We might end up like Philippines exporting graduates as maids to developed country, and live on remittances when we begin to be net importer of oil. The last 50 years have not brought us sufficient human resources to participate in globalized economy within the country.

  14. #14 by max2811 on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 5:24 pm

    TDM has planned the indoctrination programme. He hated the Chinese. The Chinese who attended BTN courses dared not question. If they do, they will not be recommended for confirmation.

    The hatred has passed on to Gov servants and UMNOputras. All Malays were taught in schools that the Chinese are very rich people. They have taken what that belongs to the Malays. Even my clerk says I’m ‘very rich’ eventhough she does the paysheet and knows my pay.

    How can we change their mindset after so many years? Schools in middle eastern countries were taught the Americans are the devils. To destroy them is a good deed.

    These bigots have penetrated every level of the Gov service. Promotions for non-Malays are bypassed even though you are very qualified. They prefer a much lower quality person as long as he is not a Chinese. The irony is that those chosen are told that they are the best.

    If we had the best for the past 50 years, RM1=$2(Spore dollar). Not RM1=$0.42! We would have more than 10 Asian class universities. Just because they keep on marginalising the non-bumis, we are what we are today.

    The solution is to reinvent the whole system. But there is so much at stake. So many corrupted in power. But we have taken the first step.

  15. #15 by bystander on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 6:34 pm

    Despite having intellects like Dr Azly and others (simply too few) malays will never change the mindset. People like Bung, a sexist and racist, is still promoted to be Deputy Chairman and crown prince of kelantan is not only not apologising but his crony is insisting that karpal and ong apologised for making their statements. How can people in the right be apologising to people in the wrong. Just because they are malays or royalty. where is righteousness and equal treatment?

  16. #16 by boh-liao on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 7:11 pm

    There is an ongoing plot, engineered by TDM et al, to bring down AAB in 100 days. Based on what happened to AI about 10 years ago, we can expect all sorts of accusations being thrown at AAB. Another round of vivid sexual descriptions and terms, including sodomy, may be highlighted in our msm again!

  17. #17 by boobear on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 7:33 pm

    Dr Azly, A BRAVE REFLECTION of the MALAY PSYCHE… influenced. indoctrinated, infected by none other than the UMNO microbes who practice the divide & conquer rule… the very one they were fighting, when confronted with British colonialism…

    and the very one they practice in the kampungs or even the IPTAs where you’re either with UMNO or NOT with UMNO (back then in the 1980’s it would be PAS)

  18. #18 by billgates on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 8:03 pm

    There are many who join UMNO not so much of fighting for the Malay rights but rather their own rights. When YAB Lim Guan Eng introduced open tenders, many UMNO cronies spinned it to become a racial issues where DAP has been accused of abolishing NEP.

    The BTN is another good proof where the government (UMNO cronies actually) used to brainwashed the Malays to go against other races after 50 years of Merdeka. Didn’t MCA, MIC and Gerakan know about this?

    Generally Malaysian and the chinese can accept that the Malay rights should be protected but not at the expense of other races. Grow the cake and share it, what’s the problem.

  19. #19 by lopez on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 8:22 pm

    All things dont stay the same overtime, it is either now or later,

    But somethings tends to change faster than others, some changes naturally while some are man made.
    In nation of 50 years of denial such as ours, much are man made and it is the act of prevention type, and lead by those who say it was right for the “rakyat”. It has prevented those who are serious in nation building but are lock up or beaten up.

    Now can we get those responsible out in the open and and answer are those questions floating in the net and blogs.

    Let see how far those lies and who are these liars….let others be the judge.

  20. #20 by drngsc on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 9:58 pm

    To all like minded people and also to Pakatan Rakyat, let us not ridicule anymore. Let us learn from their mistakes. Remember, “Those who do not learn from History are condemn to relive it “.

  21. #21 by ShiokGuy on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 10:14 pm

    “” allasstra Says:
    —u say this,….from a guy that has a blog that are infested with “adult” adds ?

    you should be ashamed of your self, in case if u are un-capable to feel it,….let me tell u this:

    i felt the shame on your behalf.””

    I am ashame of myself, thank you for pointing it out. I have since remove those advertisement which i assume to be just network social connection. I did not really review it in totally.

    Once again, thank you for pointing it out. I will be carefully when signing up advertisement placement in the future.

    However regarding Sofiah Yusof article it is more off bring to known what is going on, No Adultness intended. However when viewer click on the link, I will have no control what is served on the destination website

    Once again, thank you for pointing it out and I owe you one!

    Shiok Guy

  22. #22 by ShiokGuy on Sunday, 20 April 2008 - 10:20 pm

    This again bring to a view point about total control.

    In Malaysia we tend to ban all sort of thing, we always assume that our viewer are stupid or we are stupid to be easily influence by the what we read or watch.

    Just like a spring, we we compressed it too long and too much, it will spring back hard and strong too.

    Once the control is removed, the crazy start! This I observed while studying in NZ where Malaysian student tend to borrow alot more adult rated movie.

    In life it is no point to control thing, it is better to educate. Like in Malaysia, we make sex a taboo. Why can;t we educate our son or daughter to use a condom? How to protect themselves? Doing so does not mean we encourage them to have sex.

  23. #23 by Richard Teo on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 12:39 am

    I was always very suspicious of the govt’s BTN program. This program was exclusively for the malay civil servants and non malays were excluded.However it gradually filtered out that this institution preached hatred towards the non malays,specifically the chinese.Although many of the malays who attended the program did not agree with its teachings, none so far has the courage to speak against fascists teaching that was being taught.In fact it was at BTN that many racial hatred was taught and religious tolerance was suppressed.However I believe there are still alot of good malays who do not subscribe to the BTN teachings.

  24. #24 by kickbutt on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 5:53 am

    I also asked the Minister to allow we MPs to attend the courses by Biro Tatanegara, so that we can ascertain whether the courses by that bureau racist or not.
    Mustafa replied that the government will consider the suggestions.

  25. #25 by waterfrontcoolie on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 6:12 am

    HJ ANGUS has the point, the VISION is achieveable, only that the creator had all along decided it to be just vision with advanced plan to hijack it with his version of PIRATIZATION of all the major projects.
    Malaysians’ ability in more than one language has been a blessing but they decided otherwise. They made it as if it was a curse!!
    From what one can see of those Malaysians who have decided to take their challenges eslewhere. Thay have been more than merely successful! They are able to lead even amongst strangers!!
    Only because of their short-sighted agenda did BN killed their chances to serve the nation’s vision of 2020!
    We need not repeat what our neighbour could gather since ’65 with their plan and MALAYSIAN workers and a port that was not much more competitive than our local ports. From this, they are able to gather immense funds that would still guarantee continous revenues to their country. And what would Petronas have in 20 years’ time? Even if only 10% of Petronas’ revenue is invested prudently, I am sure our funds would have rival that of our neighbour’s. Anyway, that is a little late but not too late if the power that be has any conscience left.

  26. #26 by sotong on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 7:42 am

    Dr. Azly…spot on!!!

    It is time for the true Malays to be truely free and face the challenges of globalisation and realise their full potential.

  27. #27 by sotong on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 8:10 am

    If Malays are tought to hate the Chinese…why are MCA and Gerakan HAPPILY cooperate with UMNO, including the constant threat of 513 on their community?

  28. #28 by Jeffrey on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 8:48 am

    Shiok Guy, it is interesting your broadside regarding Sofiah Yusof article, that “it is more off bring to make known what is going on”…..

    But what is going on (in terms of mindset) in the context of the topic raised here by Dr Azly Rahman???

    May not Sofiah be described as epitome of “globalisation and radical multiculturalism” much extolled by Dr Azly Rahman??? Was she like Azly “raised in a Malay worldview, albeit vacillatingly as she moved in, out, and around multiple worlds”?

    She definitely was not injected by “nDoc virus” to keep her mind in “total obedient mode”. Yessiree no mental subjugation and following rules and orders, no signing of Surat Akujanji no Biro Tata Negara’s indoctrination against races and surrender of Constitutional rights in her case – indeed her’s the opposite case : total freedom according to what she likes and whom she likes and equal opportunity afforded by her to all races as long as currency is the basis of exchange! It is like a mission statement her chosen way of life and profession that she gleefully gave interview to News of the World…..

    This is the kind of (selective) case UMNOputras (trying to start a programme to redeem and rehabilitate her) will put to Dr Azly Rahman the challenge of this rebuttal : isn’t what you’re advocating leading Malay mindset to moral degeneration?

    What would Dr Azly Rahman say to UMNOputras’ of why they need to control the Malay mind from being influenced Western or “globalised”?

  29. #29 by boh-liao on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 9:44 am

    Umnoputras have always aimed to control everything in Malaysia to benefit themselves and their families. One way is to ensure ketuanan Melayu (which is actually ketuanan Umnoputras. BTN is just one of the agencies to brainwash Malay civil servants.

    Just look at Hishammuddin’s action. He has refuted an online news portal’s report that his deputy Khairy Jamaluddin had admitted the keris issue was one of the reasons for Barisan Nasional’s poor performance in the general election.

    He still believes that he has every right to raise an unsheathed keris to threaten non-Malays and to desensitise them of this abuse. Great. Please continue to do so in the coming Umno GA!

  30. #30 by lakilompat on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 10:10 am

    boh-liao, should be control everything that is profitable, e.g. the light rail transit, Rapid KL & Rapid Penang bus transit, Economy flight (Air Asia), Highway toll, bridges tolls,

  31. #31 by k1980 on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 10:41 am

    If and when Anwar becomes PM, where will the mamak run away to?

  32. #32 by year of snake on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 10:49 am

    I hope to live to the day when one can be able to fill-in forms from the government and some private sectors either as Malaysians or Non-Malaysians without the column to put in the race. I guess so long as BN rules, this will never materialise.

  33. #33 by ShiokGuy on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 10:50 am

    Dear Jeffery,

    I belief she is the kind who has been under a lot of pressure as an genius and also been home schooled until University year.

    I don’t think the liberal society make her such, and i think more of family upbringing.

    On Prostitution, it is an old “Occupation”. I don’t agreed with what she is doing however I do respect her decision and her right to choose whatsoever she want to do with her life.

    Shiok Guy

  34. #34 by A true Malaysian on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 11:30 am

    Many years back, it was hard to believe DAP will lead a government. Even until 12th GE, many still not believe that will happen because many still have the perception that Malays were largely behind Umno, as they were ‘brainwashed’ as described in this article.

    So, 12th GE concluded and we see a DAP-led government in Penang. DAP will not be able to do that without its partnership with PKR and PAS which we see the swing of Malay votes. But can we equate this swing of Malay votes as ‘cleansing’ of the ‘washed-brain’ of the Malays?

    My answer to this is ‘yes but not all’ because of the ‘wide gap’ of the level of thinking and problems faced by Malays.

    Anyway, for whatever reasons, this is a good thing to happen to Malaysia, and to the Malays, in particular. DAP, on its part, should encourage more Malays, especially the young professionals, to join the party so to build up its own support from the Malays, and not too rely on PKR and PAS to deliver the Malay votes. I think this is an important move for DAP to take so to balance up the ‘power’ within Pakatan Rakyat. Ultimately, this will gear towards merger of DAP-PKR-PAS in a single party named Pakatan Rakyat.

    I long to see this happens.

  35. #35 by Jeffrey on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 11:31 am

    I agree with what you said, however UMNOputras don’t agree, they try to rehabilitate her, she says no but no thanks, but this precisely the kind of argument UMNOputra will take issue with Dr Azly Rahman.

  36. #36 by ShiokGuy on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 11:53 am

    Dear Jeffery

    Frank is she a Malaysian? The mother is but I don’t think she is, right?
    What and who are we? If someone said NO, who are we to insist?

    Once again, don;t act like a moral police. Look at ourself in the mirror first!

    Shiok Guy

  37. #37 by Jeffrey on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 12:11 pm

    Dear ShiokGuy, Her mother is Malaysian and government sponsored her studies and invested in her ‘genius’ potential as icon and role model for Mat Rempits to be inspired. That’s why certain UMNO sectors want to ‘rehabilitate her’. You are however likely right that technically it is doubtful she is Malaysian: likely a British Citizen.

  38. #38 by boh-liao on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 12:17 pm

    Please do not concern ourselves with Sofiah, who is a liberated UK citizen with a high sex drive, who enjoys what she is doing, and who happens to be a Muslim with a mother who was born in Malaysia. (Is her mother still a Malaysian or a UK citizen? I don’t know.)

    If people really want to save some ‘poor’ souls who are Malaysians, there are lots of them in Malaysia begging to be salvaged. Charity begins at home.

  39. #39 by ktteokt on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 1:02 pm

    According to tradition, the captain of any vessel is always the last to leave any sinking vessel and most of the time, goes down with it!!!!

  40. #40 by bystander on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 1:55 pm

    Vice chancellor of Univ malaya, Nordin kardi who sued RPK for RM 10mil is ex-chief of BTN,a NAZI and FASCIST organisation.

  41. #41 by lakilompat on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 4:38 pm

    I think Sofiah is the liberalize Islamic woman role model. High sex drive does not end up punishable by religion. It is human freedom to live and enjoy 50 yrs, after that they will rot and struck down by illness and evaporated.

    So why not enjoy this 50 yrs of livelihood.

  42. #42 by miketan142 on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 5:03 pm

    Suffiah is a British born and breed in britain. Obviously she was brought up with british values and mindset. The malaysian government try to hijack her as a malaysian genius because her mother is a malaysian born malay. I wonder they will do the same if her mother is a non’malay. Technically children born to malaysian parent are citizens only apply to a malaysian father. Hope the government can look into the bias. There are also many smart children with malaysian mother but are not consider malaysian yet.

  43. #43 by whitecoffee on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 5:36 pm

    So can the malays change? Do they want to change? From hating the non-malays to loving them? To change is not easy. Look at the kids. At a young age if 5, they already know how to hate. Just because the adults taught them. There are so many that things they can’t accept because of their religion, just because their religion is controlled by key politicians. They will need a lot of courage to change, and it is good that Dr. Azly is the first brave one to expose their c’controlled’ mentality. The malays must seek their own true cultures and traditions. Otherwise they will no longer have any sense of humour. Senyum selalu !!!!

  44. #44 by lakilompat on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 5:45 pm

    I’ve been around in Malaysia for 30 yrs, i always thought Malay has no genius. Most genius are non malay, i’m not biased perhaps that’s a fact. I think it is wise to choose what u want in ur life, becos u only lived once.

  45. #45 by bystander on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 6:55 pm

    Sufiah is british. just leave her alone.

  46. #46 by allasstra on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 7:18 pm

    oh shiok guy,…i am happy with your action,…

    the point is that i’m not against adult material, i had terabytes of these material myself,….

    but there’s a place and time for them….

    the thing is that this kind of add will surely decrease your credibility and reputaton…i can see all your hard work to aid “special” kids, but at the end of the day, any adds that promotes adult material or having some kind of “adult friend network” scam will drop your blog value to near zero.

    the same applies to every one be they a math phd or even lim kit siang. will ypu take this blog.limkitsiang seriously if there’s adult adds poping up here and there ?

  47. #47 by allasstra on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 7:20 pm

    “london is a city of whores and queers,…i blame london for this…”—-eastern promise

  48. #48 by ShiokGuy on Monday, 21 April 2008 - 11:41 pm

    Dear Allasstra,

    Thank you, please keep an eye open on my blog. Do alert me if I did something stupid. I really appreciate it.

    I might not agreed with you sometimes however I do listen and reflect on it.

    I help special kids because I have 2 special one at home. Sound selfish? Anyway, I want to build or create awareness so that they will not be isolated.

    Actually I did post a link about the art exhibition earlier, but the moderator has taken it away. May be I was wrong to try to create awareness in this blog here. So sorry.

    I just want to invite other blogger to carry the banner on their website to help to create awareness about the event.

    For the moderator for your information, YB Teresa Kok will be attending the charity dinner on 27 April.

    Shiok Guy

  49. #49 by lakilompat on Tuesday, 22 April 2008 - 8:33 am

    Dear Shiok Guy,

    Where is this charity dinner on 27 April, will she be given a chance to address the guest? I just wanted to go take some of her photos put it in forum.

    It’s April 22nd, 2008 where is the space program result from Sheik Muzapphar?

    Today news Tuesday April 22, 2008
    Zero cash for second phase of Angkasawan space programme
    KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s space programme looks to be as good as grounded. There is no money for the programme.

    So it has become very very obvious that the 1st space programme is a political maneuver done by Najib. What to do? Pak Lah have to agreed, will Pak Lah forgive Najib? political wise, personally off course no but he has to tolerated.

  50. #50 by Jong on Tuesday, 22 April 2008 - 11:28 am

    What an exposure, a very brave article indeed Dr Azly! …50 years of propaganda, of fear tactics and poisoning the minds of tens of thousands of young Malays in the Malaysian civil service, to hate, divide and rule.

    This despicable act of “mental genocide” from a despicable political party behind a shield they call “Biro Tata Negara(BTN)” must not be tolerated and I am extremely shocked beyond words that it exists and it’s beyond me, how could it have escaped the attention and knowledge of AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL? I am an ordinary member of their Malaysian chapter and I am ashamed this PolPot-like regime exists right before our very eyes yet, Amnesty International hasn’t the faintest idea and is unaware and doing nothing about it?!

    I call on ALL right thinking Malaysians especially the Malays who have gone through ‘brainwashing’ session by Biro Tata Negara(BTN) to come forward and collectively form a PUBLIC PRESSURE GROUP to expose UMNO/BTN, the man(chieftian) behind it, their organisers, facilitators, moderaters, the likes Nordin Kardi.

    All BN leaders of component parties who have had held office the past 25 years must also be made responsible, hauled in to take the collective blame – to conspire and colloborate, to have allowed Umno the way it had acted – campaign of “hate” to divide and rule and involvement in “mental genocide” that result in decades of anguish. They have no excuse denying involvement!

    We owe it to our grandchildren and their children to rid this nation of such despicable scumbags. Let Umno/BN explode before their Bahtera Merdeka meets its watery burial!

  51. #51 by Loh on Tuesday, 22 April 2008 - 11:29 am

    As reported by Sin Chew but not by Star, when TDM was asked by Stephen Sackur about the new economic policy, thr racist policy including intakes of university students, company share reconstitution, discounts for bumi on house prices which were an unfair system, TDM said these were established by his predecessor(s). But it is time to review it. When Stephen Sackur asked why he had 22 years and yet he did not have the opportunity to rectify them, TDM replied that he had the opportunity to rectify the inequality created by the British colonist, but while he was doing it, the 1969 May 13 incidents happened.

    I am not sure whether these were the comments actually aired during the BBC Hardtalk programme. That is my translation from Sin Chew.

    TDM reply contains interesting new facts.

    Discount for bumi on house prices never happened before 1981, so it was not created by his predecessor.

    May 13 did not happen when he was in the government. It is after May 13 that inequality among races accentuated.

    TDM blames everybody except himself.

  52. #52 by Loh on Tuesday, 22 April 2008 - 7:46 pm

    Watch the interview of TDM at BBC Hard talk at:

    ///TDM replied that he had the opportunity to rectify the inequality created by the British colonist, but while he was doing it, the 1969 May 13 incidents happened./// The report on which the translation of this sentence was based was incorrect!

  53. #53 by ShiokGuy on Wednesday, 23 April 2008 - 12:24 pm

    Dear lakilompat

    The dinner will be on 27th April at the Westin KL.
    Check our website

    Shiok Guy

  54. #54 by undergrad2 on Thursday, 24 April 2008 - 11:46 am

    “I call on ALL right thinking Malaysians especially the Malays who have gone through ‘brainwashing’ session by Biro Tata Negara(BTN) to come forward …” Jong

    All those who have unwittingly fallen victioms to the unsavoury methods employed by Biro Tata in its heydays are advised to come forward to have their heads checked and their bodies prodded for possible hidden chips implanted underneath their skins.

  55. #55 by beankadok on Thursday, 24 April 2008 - 7:48 pm

    Any response from Amnesty International, Malaysia yet? What are they doing, merely warming their seats in high position? Aren’t they suppose to keep their ears on the ground at all times?

  56. #56 by mickey01 on Saturday, 26 April 2008 - 12:30 pm

    Hisham has apologised to non malays and malays for failing to achieve what he intend to do with the keris symbolism of malay supremacy/religion/special privilege. No gurantee it will not happen again. What a hyprocite!

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