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MP says ‘No’ to LGBT PM

KUALA LUMPUR: No lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender should be allowed to become the prime minister of Malaysia, said independent Bayan Baru MP Zahrain Hashim today.

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20th April 2012 02:56

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Although he did not mention names, the ex-PKR leader’s remark was seen by observers as being targetted at Pakatan Rakyat supremo Anwar Ibrahim, who was twice charged with sodomy and later acquitted.

According to Zahrain, a once close confidant of Anwar, allowing the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) group to hold public office in the country would cause problems.

“We must stand up against LGBTs from becoming prime minister or wakil rakyat,” he told a press conference in Parliament.

Zahrain also stressed that LGBTs should not be accepted in mainstream Malaysia as it was against the Eastern culture.

He said that major religions of the world do not accept the LGBT community. “We Malaysians don’t share the same culture as the West,” he added.

Acknowledging the existence of the group, Zahrain said the LGBT community should mind their own business and not try to fight for their rights.

“You want to be LGBT, it’s your business but don’t try to get public support for your cause,” he added.

Earlier, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia rejected Zahrain’s motion to discuss the LGBT issue but the latter claimed that he would get his friends in the Dewan Negara to raise the matter.

“I respect the Speaker’s decision but many of my friends in PKR and PAS have also voiced support for my motion,” he said, refusing to name the parliamentarians.