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Anti-LGBT groups to rally against ‘unacceptable lifestyles’

in MALAYSIA, 12/04/2012

Anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) groups will organise a rally on April 21 to protest what they described as “unacceptable” sexual practices.

The rally will be held at Dataran Merdeka, coincidentally a week before Bersih’s rally there on April 28, and will be led by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM).

JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah said the spread of homosexual and bisexual sexual practices and activities was a “planned movement” by some individuals to compromise religion for political beliefs.

“We do not discriminate against individuals who may have been born with such tendencies. However we are against groups that are out to make this an acceptable lifestyle.

“There is an agenda among certain individuals who clearly wish to destroy the nation’s moral and religious values... we must put a stop to this,” he was quoted by the New Sunday Times (NST) as saying today.

Azwanddin sought to differentiate JMM’s rally from Bersih’s April 28 event, saying that “unlike the organisers of Bersih”, the anti-LGBT rally is a “protest for the future of our nation.”

Federation of Malay Students Union president Jais Abdul Karim told NST that although every individual could express their views freely, the LGBT culture could never accepted in Malaysia as a norm.

“Through this peaceful assembly, we hope our voices will be heard that such practices should not be condoned, let alone by prominent figures in the country,” he said.

Right-wing groups and political have always maintained a harsh stance against LGBTs in Malaysia.

A federal lawmaker had recently demanded that Parliament approve a motion to impeach lawmakers found to be involved with non-heterosexual lifestyles.

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