Monday, 25 June 2012

Kit Siang: 'Pendatang' slur shows 1M'sia has failed

The Najib administration has been accused of failing to stop state sanctioned racial indoctrination which is seen as the root cause of the often used pendatang (immigrant) slur.

NONEIn a press release today, DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang (left) said the use of the term was not restricted to isolated incidents as suggested yesterday by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

"The pendatang slur is not the result of 'one or two lunatics' but the result of decades of the poison of anti-national indoctrination by state agencies like the BTN, perpetuating Malaysians into two classes of people," said Lim.

Lim said the Najib administration must explain what it has done, particularly through its 1Malaysia policy, to clamp down on such "lunatics".

He said that such rhetoric should also be classified as "divisive, treacherous and anti-national" which must be condemned by all rational Malaysians.

Lim was commenting on Najib's response to questions at a dialogue with Chinese youths at Universiti Malaya yesterday.

Najib had suggested the Chinese community ignore those who use the pendatang slur because they were isolated incidents performed by "one or two lunatics".

Lim said that the mentality of the so-called "lunatics" were also pervasive in the highest level of government due to decades of indoctrination by the National Civics Bureau (BTN).

Among other examples, Lim cited how Najib's own special aide Nasir Safar was forced to resign after making racial slurs at a 1Malaysia event.

In February 2010, MCA and MIC members had walked out of an seminar where Nasir said that Indian immigrants were beggars while the Chinese were prostitutes.

BTN is a unit in the Prime Minister's Department that is allocated even more money than Parliament in the federal budget.

It is often accused of being an organised racist propaganda unit operating under the guise of ‘patriotism lectures', compulsory for government scholarship holders and civil servants seeking promotions.

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