No amount of brainwashing will work, until you do away with inequality and injustice as is defined by your faith as you think that "You are the best of people". It will never work like NEVER, until you guys are voted out of office. A question to ask is why do the Muslim majority 57 countries on planet earth treat their minorities like shit? It's the blatant practice of Apartheid ingrained in them from cradle to grave.- Major D Swami (Retired)
Malaysiakini : “That’s the duty of the old, to be anxious on behalf of the
young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.” ― Philip Pullman, ‘The Golden Compass’
COMMENT | Apparently, there is a “specialised programme” for youths in the works to replace the National Service (NS) and National Civics Bureau (BTN) programmes. Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who has the
uncanny ability to mimic a forward-thinking technocrat on one hand and
parrot an old-style alliance politician on the other, is upbeat that
these new initiatives would produce “multi-talented” youth leaders.
First of all, you cannot create leaders. You can mould them, fill
them with what you think good leaders are made of, but mainly you are
creating clones to further ideological agendas. Genuine leaders are forged when committed people come out of the
experience of pursuing causes they think would improve the state of
their country and its citizens.
In other words, you can create politicians but no way can you create “leaders".
Do we really need another two government programmes with no objective
agendas at a time when the diplomatic corp is being told to tighten
their belts? The idea of revamping these programmes is not new. With the BTN
course for example, the Harapan regime's position has been disjointed.
While some states, including Kelantan, have stopped sending people to
this BN-era programme, the political elite of Harapan have always been
interested in revamping these programmes.
on this issue is clear – “Do you really trust this new administration
to reform this institution? Do you really want your tax ringgit spent on
an organisation whose function is to instil a sense of patriotism in
the civil service or students or whoever they target?” Instead of spending money on these new programmes, why not use the funds where it counts?
There is a big divide between rural and urban schools. The quality of
education is dependent on a whole host of issues but shouldn’t the
youth and sports minister be the vanguard for reforms in the way how
young people in this country are educated, and more importantly place an
emphasis on achieving some sort of parity in the way how urban and
rural young people spend their formative years?
Let us take the issue of sex education, for instance. United Nations
Population Fund Malaysia country head Marcela Suazo said that the lack
of sexuality and reproductive health education for young people is of
great concern. Let us be honest about this. The people who are ensuring that there
is a lack of sexuality and reproductive health education in this country
are the politicians and religious cabals, who have influence over them.
Just so you know, a recent survey by the National Population and
Family Development Board found that one in three people aged between 13
and 24, who were engaged in sexual activity, did not know a girl could
get pregnant from their first time. And when we do talk about sex or attempt to coop young people in
these sex education programmes, we get howlers, like when last year the
Health Ministry asked young people to make videos about three subjects -
sexual reproduction, cybersex and gender dysphoria – and the videos
must outline the issues and consequences of these topics.
I wrote about it,
here with an example I thought was relevant but obviously our moral
guardians thought otherwise, even though I was merely quoting a Jakim
education video - “Jakim said to change one’s sexual orientation, one
must intend to do so for God’s sake instead of being forced and repent
one's homosexuality, in addition to leaving activities that would lead
to same-sex relations. It also urged a repentant homosexual to fulfil
his sexual desires through marriage, or subdue such desires by among
others resorting to fasting.”
So all this talk about moulding young leaders is just horse manure. So are the claims of non-partisanship. When it comes to religion and race for instance, is there a chasm of
ideological differences between mainstream Malay power brokers? Hence, issues such as culture and identity would never be open to
exploration because these so-called non-partisan partners would have to
toe the line of the official narratives of the state and not create
programmes that would encourage independent thinking and creativity.
Of course, reforming the education system and complimenting various
programmes which could be tailored on a state level to encourage young
people to explore their identities, work in various communities and
generally have fun while discovering the diversity in their ecosystems,
takes too much time, I suppose.
Much easier to waste money on programmes with no real agendas but
would make good headlines as to how the government is taking care of
young people. Indeed, we have so many problems when it comes to our education
system especially in the early years of schooling, that it makes no
sense to have the BTN and NS programmes, when in the formative years of
identity formation and communal integration, young people are bombarded
by the toxicity of an ill-formed education system and subject to the
whims of the political elite and their religious cabals.
What is happening to Fadiah Fikri, for example, demonstrative of how the state treats young people. Are young people especially in their secondary and tertiary level
education in Malaysia free to speak their mind or are they continuously
told that racial and religious sensitivities trump any kind of
School subjects are filtered through racial and religious lenses.
Young people are taught by state-sanctioned instruments that they cannot
mix freely amongst themselves because this may go against religious
dogma or they risk contaminating their culture with foreign elements
that would destroy their community.
I mean, how are these youth programmes going to change the outlook of
religious school graduates and how exactly do these initiatives justify
the existence of discriminatory practices that have divided young
people by race and religion? These are important questions and "enforced mingling" may sound
productive but it in no way addresses the issue that young people have.
This ludicrous idea that these youth programmes, no matter the
pedigree of its creators, would somehow erase the indoctrination and
flawed education system young people go through, is systemic of
mainstream politics. That is, instead of solving the serious issues
affecting young people, it attempts to slap on a band-aid and claim that
something is being done for a potential voting block.
I would really love it if Syed Saddiq carries out an audit of the
Youth and Sports Ministry to discover what the previous administration
was up to when it came to all these types of projects. I know this will never happen because young people are dangerous. God
only knows what would happen if you encouraged independent thinking in
them or broke down the barriers in their formative years of schooling.
I do not know even where to begin with a new BTN programme except to
say, that the last thing a new Malaysia needs is another federal-funded
indoctrination programme. Isn’t the Kool-Aid enough?