Substitute BTN course with that of Human Rights

I support the call to scrap the BTN courses by Ku Li, as carried in Malaysiakini today.

In my opinion, instead of this course, all civil servants, including police and other enforcement agencies, should attend a course on our Constitution as well as Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Maybe it is not a bad idea to have would-be civil servants sit for a course on Universal declaration of Human Rights, since in a world where democratic principles prevail, individual rights will become more and more important, and the hierarchy based governing is no longer applicable in this world of globalisation.

Even in CHina, the rue of Law has become more and more important (even though not perfect, their government is trying hard to learn from the West as to the application of the rule of Law), and that has in no small part contributed to the immense amount of FDI going into that country.

If we want to survive in this modern era, Malaysians would have no other choice but to change their mindsets and thinking, the most important of which is to respect individual rights.



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. disgusted
    Dec 08, 2009 @ 17:26:31

    Dr, I totaly agree with you. BTN, this brainwashing and divisive indoctrination of ketuanan should be scrapped.

    And one more agency to be revamped, that is EPU.

    It should be the next target.


  2. Chauncey Gardener
    Dec 08, 2009 @ 22:11:09

    Even if there is a course on Constitution and Human Rights, I will be sceptical given that it can be slanted to represent a less-than-balanced view.

    For example, the instructors could give slective interpretations of the separation of powers by skipping legal issues arising from the Perak imbroglio. And what about the role of certain civil servants in the 1988 judiciary crisis?

    In any case, Malaysia has yet to sign the International Covenant of Civil and Polticial Rights nor the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which came into force in 1976 (according to wikipedia)


  3. romerz
    Dec 09, 2009 @ 01:28:57

    Welcome back Dr Hsu from your siesta and continuing the work that needs doing.

    Care to comment about Ahmad Ismail being reinstated as UMNO member after only 15 months of a 3-year suspension?


  4. Meng
    Dec 09, 2009 @ 10:18:15

    The national service program should also be scrapped. It is just rubbish training.


  5. Simon
    Dec 11, 2009 @ 07:52:41

    I think Malaysia is now a hopeless case with or without the BTN. Dr M has destroyed everything. The ringgit is weak and prone to attack.
    Perhaps next year one would see the currency market attacking the ringgit like in 1998 and this time it will sink the ringgit to the bottom. Inflation at 1000%.

    And then the International Federation of Red Cross is appealing for the money to help Malays living in rural areas without access to US dollars in an economy that has switched from the ringgit to hard currency in the collapsed economy or else they will die of hunger.

    This is the scenario we are going to see soon. Poor Malays!!!!


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