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Malaysia police chief warns graduates of LGBT ‘threat’

National security police chief calls ‘LGBT culture’ extremist, in unabashedly politically motivated speech to graduates
Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association, the group that held the talk where the comments were made

A top Malaysian police assistant director in national security warned graduates in Kuching, in the eastern state of Sarawak, about the ‘threat’ of LGBT influence at a talk on Sunday.

Mohd Sofian Md Makinuddin, during a talk titled ‘1Voice, 1Destiny, 1Malaysia’ organized by Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association, said:

‘Now we are facing the threats of certain quarters who hide behind NGOs and use religion, race and society as their tools to influence the people.’

According to a report by Malaysia Kini, Mohd Sofian described ‘LGBT culture’ and 'street demonstrations' as 'negative cultures' by 'extremist groups'.

Earlier this month, the controversial police chief claimed that the Malaysian opposition party was being infiltrated by terrorists.

Opposition politicians responded that Mohd Sofian was meant to divert attention from the police and Home Office’s failure to tackle a rising crime rate.

Mohd Sofian’s latest comments add to the argument that he is pursuing a pro-government political agenda in the run-up to a general election that must be called before 27 June 2013. He said at the talk on Sunday:

‘As the general election is closer, we believe these groups will exploit whatever issues related to religion, race and society to garner votes and support from the people.’

The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, that have ruled in Malaysia since its independence from Britain in 1959, are in danger of losing control of parliament, where they currently hold power in a minority government.

Since 2007, anti-government campaigners have held a series of increasingly popular anti-corruption demonstrations called Bersih (meaning clean in Malay).

Bersih 3.0 was held on 28 April 2012 with 80,000 to 100,000 people gathering, according to independent estimates, despite obstruction from police road blocks to stop people going to the demonstration.

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