‘C’mon ministers, support Nazri’

(Malaysian Mirror) – DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang wonders why no Cabinet member from Barisan Nasional endorsed the denunciation of Dr Mahathir Mohamad by Minister in the PM’s Department Nazri Aziz over the former prime minister’s defence of the Biro Tata Negara (BTN) courses.

“It has been said that ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going.’

“Are there any ‘tough’ Minister to endorse a revamp of the divisive, racist and seditious BTN indoctrination course, which had done the nation-building process a great national disservice?” he asked, alleging that Mahathir’s premiership divided the diverse races by promoting racial hatred and ill will among Malaysians.

“Mahathir had said that there is no need to revamp the BTN course ‘as in the current form, they are fine for instilling the patriotic spirit among Malaysians.’

“He claimed the BTN curriculum had helped foster unity as the courses conducted by the agency were attended by Malaysians of all races.

High-handeed an autocratic rule

“Rubbing salt into the wound, Mahathir went on to charge that criticisms against BTN as an exaggeration and insisted that the BTN course had taught participants new values needed to succeed,” said Lim, the DAP advisor and Ipoh Timur MP in his blog.

He said the question of why ‘nobody complained’ could be easily answered.

“His high-handed and autocratic rule brooks no dissent, especially in the public service, with his propensity to abuse his powers against all who crossed his path, including the abuses of draconian laws like the Internal Security Act and the Official Secrets Act,” Lim claimed.

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