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Wife of Malaysian PM blames HIV on gay people

Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor says ‘you have to nip it [homosexuality] in the bud.’ The wife of the Malaysian prime minister has defended the exclusion of protecting the rights of LGBT people in the controversial ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) declaration of human rights that was signed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last week.

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2nd December 2012 09:58

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor said in an interview with Phnom Penh Post:
‘You know why HIV and AIDS occur… how it is being spread. Now the number of people suffering from HIV is alarming. What is it you want? Do you want to allow this… or do you want to contain it.

‘You have to nip [homosexuality] in the bud. If you don’t, when the time comes and you have to stop [homosexuality], you will find it’s too late.’

President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Ou Virak, described Rosmah’s comments as ‘bogus and extremely homophobic’.

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