Mariam Mokhtar | Malaysia’s Mind Ministry
Many people are unaware that deep in the bowels of the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) is a little known group of people who make up the Mind Ministry.
The actual number of employees in the ministry is an official secret. The name of the minister is also a well-kept secret. Only a handful of people are aware of his existence. He is known as ‘The Undertaker’, because of his grim and solemn appearance. He reports directly to the PM and has an annual budget of several hundreds of millions of ringgits. The Mind Ministry is known colloquially as the ‘thought police’.
The idea for the ministry was mooted soon after 13 May, 1969. It gathered pace in the mid 1970s, and by the early 1980s, was fully established.
Its aim is to sustain and increase the power of Umno Baru. A former minister said, “We want absolute power. Keeping our citizens under control, is like disciplining children. We have to be cruel to be kind. It is not oppression. Technology should mainly be used for controlling every aspect of the lives of our rakyat.”
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