KUALA LUMPUR – Despite the Co-chief Adjudicators of the Tun Razak Cup 2019 had apologised over the motions of the debate, the office of the Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) look into the issue seriously as the controversial topics were insensitive to the Muslims.
The topics of ‘Rewriting al-Quran’ and ‘Homosexual is not a sin in Islam’ should not have been debated as Malaysia is a multi-racial, multi-religion country and Islam is the Federal religion.
Minister in the PMD said that the apology by the co-chief adjudicators on their choice of the debate topics were insufficient and cannot be accepted.
“There are various more relevant issues to be debated on, such as corruption, responsibility and equality.
“Therefore, why was there a need to choose a controversial topic? They should focus on a topic that can build the nation,” said the statement.
According to that statement, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Minister in PMD, Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa have repeatedly emphasized that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) will never be recognised in this country.
Earlier, the co-chief adjudicators of the debate, Mohammad Aidil Ali and Iyad Zakiy Amal defended motions of the debate by stating that they were merely hypothetical and not an attempt to push any liberal agenda.
“These motions are not created with any intention to indoctrinate or brainwash the young debaters nor is it a form of liberal agenda by anyone.
“In the defence of debating a sport, debating has always been an activity where participants are required to think out of the box, to not limit one’s worldview while at the same time not sacrificing their faith and belief and be ready to think critically,” said the duo.
They also apologised if the matter had caused discomfort caused to any parties involved.
The topics had raised criticisms from the public and in a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Education said that investigations found that the chief adjudicators Mohammad Aidil and Iyad Zakiy, did not discuss or obtain the opinion from the organisers prior to the debate. – MalaysiaGazette