KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa admitted that he had blundered in his statements on the usage of public toilets among several other matters during a meeting with the transgender activists at the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) last Friday.
The Minister at Prime Minister’s Department said, his statement was not final or an order, but rather, a spontaneous reaction.
“I also realised that I have made some mistakes during the press conference last Friday by answering questions directed to me by the journalists on the usage of public toilets and several other issues. I answered the questions spontaneously without putting much thoughts.
“I would like to emphasize that I did not give any order or permission for the transgenders to share the public toilet with women. On the contrary, it was only a ‘maybe’ and ‘if’ as it could involve various situations and circumstances,” he said in a statement today.
The similar matter also involved the saf (rows) during prayers.
He said, it would be better for him to explain that to the muftis (religious leaders).
In a long statement, Mujahid also apologised to the people who felt that they have been threatened and confused and he revoked his inappropriate statements.
The minister also emphasized that he did not approve or agree with the acts conducted by the transgenders, where men dressed up as females and vice versa, changes of sex, non-gender confirming behaviours and same-sex inclinations.
He also did not acknowledge the promotion of such behaviours.
Therefore, Mujahid requested everyone to stop manipulating his statements.
Mujahid was heavily criticised after his meeting with transgender activist, Nisha Ayub recently.
During the press conference, Mujahid issued a statement on transgender using female washrooms in the toilet.
“Does it bothers you if they need to use the toilet? Which toilet should they use?
“They are the transgenders and they look like this. No one would ask even if they use a female’s toilet as they look like females,” Mujahid answered when questioned by the journalists on the which toilet the transgenders should use in the public.
When asked about the saf in solat, Mujahid answered, “What’s more important is that they want to pray. As a Muslim, if they want to pray, we can’t reject them, can we?
In the similar statement, Mujahid said that he is always open in evangelism through meetings. However, it doesn’t mean that the he or the government supports the act of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgenders (LGBT).
“As a government, we must ensure inclusiveness so that no one will drift apart due to the harsh approach we make by punishing them at an early stage,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette