Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Alleged ‘BTN’ officer speaks to sixth formers to support BN

Alleged ‘BTN’ officer speaks to sixth formers to support BN

UPDATED @ 11:42:47 AM 22-01-2013
January 22, 2013
Malaysian Insider
Screenshot of the alleged ‘BTN’ official speaking at the school, taken from the YouTube video.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 22 — A video clip has surfaced on YouTube showing an alleged Biro Tata Negara (BTN) official telling sixth formers of Sekolah Menengah Pandan Indah to get their parents to support Barisan Nasional (BN) and vote out Pakatan Rakyat (PR) from the Selangor government. The 4½-minute video clip, titled “Anwar Pengkhianat Negara” (Anwar the country’s traitor), was uploaded to the video-sharing site last December 9 and publicised yesterday by blogger Anak Sungai Derhaka and PAS news portal Harakahdaily.
Both identified the man as presumably from BTN, a government agency. There was no independent confirmation about the man’s identity although Education Ministry rules dictate that politicians are not allowed to conduct activities in schools.
In the video, the official addressed the audience as students from Sekolah Menengah Pandan Indah and later referred to them as Sixth Form students.
Speaking in Bahasa Malaysia, he thanked the audience who had invited him to speak on the topic “Anwar Pengkhianat Negara”, which was met with scattered applause and sniggers, including a snide comment “he says he was invited”.
The man, dressed in what is known as a F1 shirt popular with federal government agencies, told the students that Selangor used to have only 1,500 licensed and unlicensed entertainment joints and bars under BN rule but it has ballooned to 5,000 under PR.
“This shows that the government is not Islamic and has lied to the people. I hope the schoolchildren will tell their parents that the PR government has lied to the people of Selangor,” he said, to applause of the audience.
He also told them to tell their parents to go to local government offices and demand they close all the entertainment and gambling joints in the country’s wealthiest state.
“You Sixth Formers must be with Barisan Nasional, convince your parents to be with Barisan Nasional to oppose Pakatan Rakyat,” said the official to calls of “takbir”.
The latest video clip comes a week after another clip showed a hall full of undergraduates attending a forum led by a non-governmental organisation called Suara Wanita 1 Malaysia (SW1M), seen aligned to BN.
Another screenshot of the alleged ‘BTN’ official who spoke at the school, taken from the YouTube video.
In that clip, SW1M president Sharifah Zohra Jabeen Syed Shah Miskin was seen berating Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) undergraduate KS Bawani for questioning her presentation about anti-government elements. SW1M has hit out at critics over the video clip while Sharifah Zohra has blamed the opposition for making an issue of the event.
Malaysia now allows local university students above 21 to take part in political activities after restrictions were placed in the Universities and University Colleges Act 1971.
The minimum age for eligible voters is 21 in Malaysia. Some 25 per cent or 3.3 million of the 13 million eligible voters will cast their ballots for the first time in Election 2013.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak hinted this week that he will dissolve Parliament soon and call for a general election before BN’s mandate expires on April 28.
BN now holds 136 of the 222 seats in Parliament and nine out of 13 states in Malaysia after PR made historic gains in Election 2008.

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