KUALA LUMPUR – The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is not allowed to practice their bended lifestyle in Malaysia.
According to the Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the matter is clearly enacted in the laws under Section 377A of the Penal Code and Section 25, 26 and 28 of the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment and the Federal Territoris Criminal Offences.
At the same time, he also said that their basic human rights as a citizen would always be upheld and never be oppressed.
“Based on the Federal Constitution, as a citizen, their basic human rights based on the mould of Malaysia by placing Islam as the federal religion must always be upheld. In other words, they cannot be oppressed and abused.
“Statistics show that 80 percent of the male to female (MTF) transgenders are involved in the sex industry. Imagine, if we continue to discriminate them at work place, they will continue to venture into the sex industry. It is the hope of the government to get them out of such activities,” he said in reply to the question from the Jerantut Member of Parliament (MP), Datuk Ahmad Nazlan Idris (BN) who wanted stern actions from the government on the LGBT during the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
Mujahid Rawa also reminded the oppositions not to accuse the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government for being LGBT friendly.
“I need to repeat this and please don’t try to steer my words.
“The rights of the LGBT to practice their lifestyles is under the jurisdiction of the laws, which is not allowed in Malaysia. Please do not preach that the PH government is LGBT friendly,” he emphasized.
Meanwhile, Mujahid who is entrusted under the religion affairs said, there is a need for begin sex education early, and not just on LGBT issues only.
“Sex education should not be seen as a taboo. On the contrary, it should be given emphasize, not just on LGBT issues only. The government is currently taking the necessary measures to educate the public not only on LGBT, but also on sex education,” he added. -Malaysia Gazette