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Pendatang is a correct word, but UMNO manipulates it to….

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“Pendatang” is not a racist remark, but when it is used to label certain races for political purpose and forget that many Malays themselves are also “pendatang” too. This is the crux of problem when BTN is in selecting usage of “pendatang” against Chinese and Indian.

Many Chinese in Terengganu and Kelantan are settlers for five hundred years old while there are many Javanese immigrated to Malaysia for less than 50 years. In this case calling those Chinese “pendatang” while Javanese is not “pendatang” is an outraging racist remark.

RACIST TALK A LIE

BTN does not do it, especially now that its courses are under scrutiny, says deputy minister Azreen Hani

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 09:40:00

PETALING JAYA: The furore over alleged “racist remarks” made at a recent Biro Tata Negara (BTN) programme in Port Dickson has been blown out of proportion, says Deputy Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Mazlan (pic).

He said his checks with the director and the officers responsible for handling the course from Dec 19 to 24 showed that the “pendatang” or immigrant reference used in the programme was in a speech titled Tanah Air, […]