Tuesday, December 15, 2009

BTN and the price of indoctrination

What price indoctrination? Herein lies the question on the RM550 million spent over 10 years on a civic-consciousness programme that turned out to be a project of instilling fear into the Malays – fear of their own shadow and fear of other races.

The Biro Tatanegara (BTN) courses use Russian-styled pseudo-scientific pop psychology, drawn from the work of Bulgarian mind-bending experts in 'suggestopedia' developed by Lozanov and Barzakov with creative visualisation para-psychological techniques, into which the mind is emptied before propaganda is funnelled.

When the mind is half-asleep, subconscious wide awake, the body is relaxed, the room darkened, the voice of the propagandist-facilitator reigns supreme, suggesting anything to ensure that the doped, docile, and domesticated mind enters a game of master-slave narrative.

NONEThe BTN facilitators become the masters, the participants, mesmerised, are now the slaves - so that the idea of Ketuanan Melayu gets chiseled into the right side of the brain and urges the emotions to become reptilian, so that hate and mistrust of other races will be imprinted into the brain cells.

The directors and creators of Malaysia's now infamous indoctrination camps must be guilty of not learning enough of what culture and human progress is before promoting a dangerously divisive mental pogrom that is purposely designed to breed hatred amongst all races.

The last few months have seen a public outcry over the real intention of the bureau. The public do not want to see their children subjected to a government-sponsored programme of teaching a brand of history that is no longer appealing to a society badly in need of a better way to teach tolerance and meaningful understanding amongst the races.

Malaysia is a land for all races; a land of immigrants in which our forefathers toiled in padi fields, tin mines, rubber estates, the deep and high seas, and the jungle - both natural and urban.

BTN is a multi-million ringgit propaganda outfit that teaches history which is no longer relevant to the rakyat's need for a more inclusive and cosmopolitan view of what Malaysia is.

Malay cultural revolution

From a cultural perspective, BTN represent the thoughts of an old school - one based on the immutability of culture, and the 'classic norms' whereas culture is not static and ethnicity is fluid and ever-changing.

We live in an ever-changing present where the past merely consists of memories collected by those who believed in an imagined community - whether that community is Malay, Javanese, Bugis, Tamil, or Bengali. Globalisation erodes these and, from the point of view, chaos and complexity theory creates new cultures out of them.

Ultimately the question is - what is a 'Malay'? Hence my idea of a 'Sawojaya' as a new race to be constructed, so that we Malays migrate to newer fields, after the Malay mind have been damaged by BTN in modern times, and by feudalism and colonialism in times past. The evolution is cultural.

barack obama 051108It is like the Africans migrating from Mali-an dance to breakdance, and Yoruba tribal drumming to Bronx hip-hop. As long as we do not evolve to become gangsta rappers, we're good.

But think of a marriage between a Thai and African-American - a marriage that produced Tiger Woods who recently 'transgressed'. Think of Obama's (left) parents - one Kansas white and one Kenyan. We must search for hybridised cultures that still has ethical foundations and celebrate their evolution.

Essentially Malays must leave their cocoon of 'ultra-Malayness' and become more cosmopolitan. This initiative must include a radical restructuring and deconstructing of the very core of 'incapacitating' aspect of the Malay culture. The Hang Tuahs, the Sejarah Melayu, and the glorification of the traditional Malay sultanate and its decadence and despotism and all the myths of superiority - all these must be questioned and deconstructed by the younger generation.

Real progress can be made if we redesign our schools based on the principles of education for critical, creative, ethical, and futuristic consciousness. The old school must make way for the new school. The classical norms must give way to the newer voices of the subaltern - voices of radical and liberating multiculturalism.

The work of BTN is about making more and more Malays subservient and docile, so that the more powerful amongst them can plunder the wealth of the nation and rob even from the poor. It's all about material gain and who gets the most out of a shrinking economy these days - in a world in which the definition of race and ethnicity is merely an instrument of domination.

azlanMalays are now feeling that they are being betrayed by the 10-year reign of BTN. They are angry. They are perceiving BTN as a traitor to the Malays; denying them a better perspective by instilling fear of themselves. Who benefits from all these? This is what the Malays are asking.

A new Malaysia requires a shut down of all BTN activities with immediate effect. The damage has been done through the dissemination of truncated history and strategies of a hidden curriculum delivered via under subconscious state of mind.

Malaysians have had a 10-year bad dream, locked in a master-slave world. For RM55 million a year, they could have seen better integrated schools, less racist teachers trained in multicultural education, and the implementation of a better curriculum that celebrates diversity and teaches us that Malaysia does not belong to this or that race, but to a land of immigrants valued for their talent and their respect for one another.

BTN destroyed that vision. It must therefore be put on trial and next, closed down. We will emerge victorious - as peace-loving Malaysians.



yem said...

Congratulation for speaking out for those who want to express themselves but could not do so out of fear of ridicule, fear of so many things that our culture and government has weighed us down. It is time to remove the dead albatross around our neck and sail free.

Wintermute said...

If you wish, Dr Azly to hybridize the Malay race out of existence then perhaps you might be interested in a book which I read recently called "Breeding Between the Lines". The author, Alon Ziv, is a Jew who believes that race mixing should be a desideratum for all ethnic groups, except, of course, for the Jews.

An excellent review by a geneticist called Richards may be perused here :


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Anonymous said...

Asslmkum. this is Hisham, your ex colleague at MRSM Perlis. Do you remember our BTN session way back in 83...I don't remember the details but I do remember the classic mind bending ways of sleep deprivation and a constant barrage of pro malay rhetoric which culminated in a guilt inducing session which made you love your parents and love the malayness of malaysia in a very zombie like way.

Now that we are older, I totally agree that we need to reform. We don't need fear and guilt to be induced anymore if we are to move forward. What we need is self esteem to be instilled and deeply ingrained in the psyche of Malaysians. We need successful role models of collaborative work by Malaysians of all races.

To be honest, I do not think Malays are ready to take off the crutches of the NEP. This is a hard admission but given the factors in the whole Malaysian equation, it seems to be the only way to maintain equilibrium.

However, equilibrium and fairness is do not always go hand in hand.

Salams to Tiara and the kids. Miss you dude!

Anonymous said...

Dear Dr Azly,
Thank you for speaking up on behalf of all Malaysians for if this was written by a non-Malay, it would not get a glance from most Malay readers.
It is a sad fact the the ruling elite continue to plunder this rich land of ours by brainwashing the mindsets of the Malays and ironically these Malays are those folks who live in the rural areas that are marginalized.

A comment from Anon 6.05pm said he "think Malays are not ready to take off the crutches of the NEP. This is a hard admission but given the factors in the whole Malaysian equation, it seems to be the only way to maintain equilibrium".

I disagree with his viewpoint because the NEP is in a way link to the indoctrination process and this indoctrination has to end before the healing can start.

Secondly if Malaysia government is trully altruistic, it should open the NEP to all 'deserving' Malaysians and not for a certain master race! (On that note the NEP also has been abused such that government cronies are the ones who are actually benefitting from the NEP).

Closure must be made before healing of the inferiority complex + fear of other races could begin for if not clinically done, the cycle will never end.
Thanks again Doc for your true Malaysian spirit which kindles the hope and aspirations of many Malaysians who look forward to the day when Malaysia can tap the diversity of its races who feel they are as one.
Stakeholder 1961

Wintermute said...

Malays who do not possess a strong sense of racial identity equal, at least, to that displayed by their nation's Chinese citizenry are mere 'babes in the wood' and have no firewall to protect them in the proximate, Darwinian struggle to defend the ethnic/genetic interests of the race.

It is, surely, important to remember that loving one's own race is as perfectly natural as the act of preferring our own children to those of our neighbours.

Only a communizing fool and a dupe of the Frankfurt School would suggest that the act of preferring our own racial cognates would necessarily mean hating those outside our group.

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