Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz

Datuk Seri Nazri told Biro Tatanegara chief “Whatever word you use, upgrade or revamp … to me, it is a change of module. Datuk Ahmad Maslan is a member of the Cabinet, he can’t dispute my statement,” according to media reports.

The Biro Tatanegara (BTN) was under Anwar when he was then deputy prime minister.

“They know, so what is there to deny,” he said. “What I am saying now is that we are revamping BTN by changing it, which we have decided in the Cabinet meeting so that it is consonant with a 1 Malaysia as wanted by the prime minister,” he said.

Earlier Malaysian Insider reported, Ahmad as saying the allegations of racist teaching might have come from a mere “minor slip-up” by BTN lecturers.

Datuk Ahmad Maslan, BTN Chief

Datuk Ahmad Maslan, BTN Chief

“Out of the 1,000 lectures given, maybe only one minute the lecturer had a slip-up so it is unfair that you portray BTN as racist just for that,” he said adding that the allegation is a mere attempt by the opposition to exploit the issue.

When asked about Nazri’s admission, Ahmad casually replied,”Did he say that? I don’t think he said that” and went on to correct the former by saying that the proper term used by the Cabinet on the BTN issue was “upgrading” instead of “revamp.”

He then explained that upgrading means there is nothing wrong with the modules used by BTN.

What was agreed by the Cabinet according to him is the mere incorporation of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s 1 Malaysia concept into BTN courses.

When Nazri made the announcement yesterday, he said BTN courses were found to be against the 1 Malaysia idea of promoting racial unity.