THE National Civics Bureau (BTN) was given a high rating for its patriotism elements by more than 1.8 million youths who attended its 7,110 programmes in 2012 and last year, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim.
The bureau did not encounter any racist issues in the improved programmes, he told Rubiah Wang (BN-Kota Semarahan) during question time yesterday.
“Participants filled an evaluation form to grade their programmes on patriotism on a scale of 1.0 to 3.0.
“From this, the average score for 2012 was 2.46 or 82%, while the average score last year was 2.57, or 86%,” Razali said, adding the training modules took into account current events and historical facts geared towards nation-building and the 1Malaysia concept.
“In recent years, the BTN programmes included participants of all races.
“There has not been any issues of racism and this can been seen from BTN’s evaluation score card,” he said, adding he would address such complaints if they surfaced.
To a question by Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP - Kepong), Razali said RM32.2mil was alloted to BTN in 2011, RM27.5mil in 2012 and RM24.6mil last year.
“The allocations were insufficient as they allowed BTN to only reach out to 6% of the nation’s youths,” he said, adding that BTN will mark its 40th anniversary this year with a nationwide roadshow that would include inter-state patriotic games lasting 33 days.