Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak wants all quarters, including ministers not to prolong the polemics on the National Civics Bureau (BTN). He said he himself would evaluate BTN’s training modules and arrive at a decision on them later.
The prime minister should take note that it is not possible to stop the debate on BTN. What he should do is not to display the I-know-best attitude but to listen to all quarters. After all, the taxpayers are paying more than RM74 million annually to run these racist courses.
Najib should take cognisance that the dawn has set on race based politics. No race should lord over another. It is time for this country to embrace all its citizens and other talents too who want to be part of our initiative to make Malaysia a successful nation.
Any attempt to delay, prolong or defend the BTN will not be taken lightly by Malaysians who just want to throw racism out of the window.
We have had enough of the polemics of NEP, Bumiputera quota and other affirmative actions which did not really help the needy ones. These policies were used and are still being used to benefit the politically connected and the privileged.
Recent scandals such as the PKFZ, the Shah Alam hospital etc. are examples of the failure and abuse of race based policies.
The results - foreign and local investors started to shun investing in this country. Second Finance Minister Husni Hanadzlah had sounded the alarm bell in a speech recently.
UMNO, MCA and MIC collective political fortune and support can only be recovered through the ending of race based politics. This may sound far fetched but the 308 general election was taken the same way too.
Again, Najib's role is to listen and help to address the problem. He should not attempt to stop the debate. Public discourse is part of a healthy democracy.