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Homosexuality can spark riots, inter-religious conflict in Malaysia, says govt MP

Former minister accuses NGOs of pushing for permissiveness in the name of LGBT rights.

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26th October 2013 16:50

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

More than a decade after Malaysia triggered a raging controversy by putting its then deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in the dock for alleged sodomy, the Southeastern nation witnessed a fresh uproar this week with a government MP attacking homosexuality as an ‘evil concept’ and ‘security threat’ that could ‘spark inter-religious conflict’.

Noh Omar, a former minister whose United Malay National Organization is a member of the ruling coalition, caused an uproar in parliament Wednesday when he attacked homosexuality, Ibrahim, who is now the opposition leader, and an alliance of NGOs who are in Geneva attending the Universal Periodic Review on human rights with the recommendation that the Malaysian government endorse sexual orientation and gender identity rights.

The debate in parliament on a security act turned into an ugly attack on homosexuality when Noh called it a Western practice alien to the teachings of Islam and insinuated the opposition was backing it because of Anwar.

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