Syed Saddiq: National Civics Bureau to be scrapped soon

This article first appeared in the Edge Financial Daily on July 10, 2018

The government is committed to abolishing the National Civics Bureau or Biro Tatanegara soon, said Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

“We do not want BTN. It will be abolished,” he said during a forum titled “The Changed Political Landscape and the Aspirations of the Youth” at Sunway University here yesterday.

He said the matter is being discussed at the leadership level, and an official statement on the decision and justifications will be made soon.

“We still want to have political education and character building but we just do not want that political education and character building to then be used as ammunition for information indoctrination.

“There will be a full explanation soon,” Syed Saddiq said.

He stressed that he supported forums, debates and dialogues of political education where political views were respected regardless from which party the speaker was from.

The minister was speaking at a forum entitled “The changed political landscape and the aspirations of the youth” at Sunway University, which also had INSEAD executive coach Datuk Dr Vaseehar Hassan and Selangor state assemblyman for Kampung Tunku Lim Yi Wei as panel speakers.

During the forum, Syed Saddiq reiterated the government’s commitment to bring the voting age down to 18 years.

Source: The Edge Markets