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Biro Tata Negara’s “real” message

Biro Tata Negara’s “real” message

MOHD Khalid Mohd Nor, 27, attended the Biro Tata Negara (BTN) programme in 2002. Back then, he was a Public Services Department (JPA) scholar about to be sent to Germany to attend university. Khalid is now in London finishing his PhD in advanced manufacturing technologies. He is not on a government scholarship anymore. The Nut [...]

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Losing the BTN plot

Losing the BTN plot

HOW have Malaysians been discussing the recent controversy over the Biro Tata Negara (BTN) programmes? Let us count the ways. There are those who defend the BTN courses, such as Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. Then there are the critics. Some, like de facto Law Minister [...]

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BTN’s stolen Malaysians

BTN’s stolen Malaysians

I NEVER attended a Biro Tata Negara (BTN) programme. But I, too, sat in a darkened room while the facilitator taught the song Warisan, which ended with the line Melayu kan gagah di Nusantara and some participants crying. I, too, was made to carry an egg and then reprimanded for letting a mischievous trainer defile [...]

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“Why are Chinese [Malaysians] dangerous?”

“Why are Chinese [Malaysians] dangerous?”

ARIF Johny Abdullah, 34, attended his Biro Tata Negara (BTN) programme back in the 1990s when he was in secondary school. He has blogged about his experiences at the camp, including an escape from camp grounds to find replacements for participants who had broken their eggs. Arif is a Sino-Kadazan from Sabah and officially converted [...]

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Anwar Ibrahim, Jewish agent?

Anwar Ibrahim, Jewish agent?

LOH Jia Liang, 23, attended his Biro Tata Negara (BTN) course in April 2008. It was during the end of his second year at a Malaysian public university and after the historic March 2008 general election which reduced the Barisan Nasional’s power. Now in his fourth year, Loh is an avid graphic novel fan. After [...]

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Patriotism lessons

Patriotism lessons

Lainie Yeoh is grateful she didn’t have to attend the BTN programme.

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