'We were shown a picture of Anwar Ibrahim with an American. The instructor told us that he is a traitor to the country as he had a good relationship with the Americans.'
This was among the issues raised during a nation building programme carried out by Biro Tatanegara or the National Civics Bureau, recalled fourth year economics student Fakhrul Zaki Fazial.
Fakhrul, who is studying in Universiti Islam Antarabangsa (UIA), said the focus of the talks is on the Malay race.
"They (the instructors) also criticise leaders from the opposition and consider their criticism as being patriotic," he added.
Universiti Malaya student leader Mohd Ridzuan Mohammad, who attended the BTN programme in 2004, said there were even talks about other races being a threat to the Malays.
"It is not the right thing to do for BTN to play up racial sentiments... that will create racial rift...(as) this programme could influence some students (into accepting the propagation of racist ideologies)," he added.
Chin Shin Liang, a former Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) student who attended a BTN course in December 2008, related his experience.
"We were shown video clips of the Bersih rally and then pictures of war-torn Palestine with a caption; Is this what we want?...we were also shown an (unidentified) protester throwing stones."