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Malaysia Schools To Get Sex Education To Combat LGBT Dangers And Threats

in MALAYSIA, 20/07/2012

Malaysia's Education Ministry plans to introduce Social and Reproductive Health Education (PKRS) in schools to curb and reduce social ills among the younger generation. Deputy Health Minister Dr Puad Zarkashi said they hoped to incorporate a suitable syllabus into the PKRS to create awareness among youths on the dangers and threats of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activities to the country.

“In the past, sex education was taught indirectly through other subjects, but now the government feels that PKRS needs to be a special subject to tackle the rise in social problems among teens,” he began. 

“We cannot wait longer to implement this because according to our studies, many teens in the country do not know the function and importance of healthy interaction among guys and girls,” he told reporters after launching the state-level Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) Excellence Award Day. 

It comes as the government here continues its attacks on the LGBT community. 

According to a government statement in late June, the government views the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-sexual (LGBT) issue “seriously” and is “controlling its spread” through prevention efforts and legal enforcement, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mashitah Ibrahim again reiterated. 

She said these efforts were done with the help of the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and State Religious Department (Jain) through programs such as the BEST! Tour which aimed to educate teenagers on social ills such as HIV Aids caused by homosexual lifestyles. 

“A series of rehabilitation and treatment courses will also be given to Muslims who have deviated from societal norms, while Jakim and Jain have conducted a Mukhayyam program with repented transsexuals to obtain positive feedback from them,” she said in reply to an original question from Datuk Mohd Jidin (BN-Setiu) who wanted to know the government’s seriousness in tackling LGBT issues in the country.

In terms of enforcement, she said laws clearly stated in the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act  1997 (Act 559) can only be enforced on Muslims.

Mashitah said the government and state religious authorities will take legal action against any Muslims involved in LGBT and who flout laws in each state.

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