‘Nothing wrong’ with taking anti-LGBT musical to schools, says Malaysian education minister

Deputy education minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi said a musical with negative stereotypes of LGBT people can help 'our children to understand it'

‘Nothing wrong’ with taking anti-LGBT musical to schools, says Malaysian education minister
03 April 2013

Malaysian deputy education minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi said yesterday that ‘there is nothing wrong’ with taking a musical with negative stereotypes of LGBT characters (who turn straight in the end) to schools and universities.

‘We don’t want our children to be involved in such activities and if the content of the musical helps our children understand it, then there is nothing wrong,’ said Puad to the Malay Mail.

‘We do not want to create hatred towards LGBT but it’s just that we need to convince people not to get involved in such activities.’

Asmara Songsang (‘Abnormal Desire’) debuted at the beginning of March at the Palace of Culture in Kuala Lumpur. All performances are free and it’s likely to have received funding from the government.

The musical is now about to go on the road touring schools and universities across the country.

In a review of the musical, blogger Alia Ali said it was ‘as narrow-minded and bigoted a view as one could get’.

A commentator on the Malaysiakini website called Changeagent pointed out the farcical aspects of using a musical to change the behavior of LGBT people, saying:

‘The highest grossing musical of all time Les Miserables didn’t influence anyone to break out from prison like its lead character, Jean Valjean.

‘Neither did the second most successful musical Phantom of the Opera inspire any disfigured musical genius to stalk beautiful soprano singers.

‘Musical director Rahman Adam and the simpletons from the Information, Communications and Culture Ministry would be extremely foolish to think that they can turn public opinion against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual) community with their poorly-researched Asmara Songsang joke of a musical.

‘The only thing they would probably achieve from this laughable farce is to paint themselves as insensitive and intolerant bigots to the rest of the world.’ 



No thumbnail available

Smith College changes policy to admit trans students

'We are proclaiming that trans women are women.'
No thumbnail available

Gay conversion ‘mafia’ exposed in Ecuador

More young LGBT people in Ecuador escaping from anti-gay conversion therapy clinics posing as religious retreats or drug rehab centers
No thumbnail available

Australian High Court strikes down first legal gay marriages

Australia’s High Court has annulled the first legal same-sex marriages on Australian soil, striking down the Australian Capital Territory’s gay marriage law
No thumbnail available

Berlin: History, freedom and parties

Low rents and a talent for fun make Berliners different to those in other capital cities as DJ Lucio Buffone explains
No thumbnail available

Ellen DeGeneres takes the bait, signs on for Finding Nemo 2

Lesbian talk show host and comic will play everyone's favorite forgetful fish Dory in the Disney/Pixar sequel
No thumbnail available

Jamaican 'Harlem Shake' calls for all gays to be jailed

Viral sensation goes homophobic as supporters of Jamaica's so-called Buggery Law create a video comparing homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia
No thumbnail available

Japan lawmakers form group to end anti-gay discrimination by 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Committee wants to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts
No thumbnail available

Kenya police extort gays, report claims

A report published by a Kenya LGBT portal sheds light on how police officers routinely extort and blackmail gay men in Nairobi
No thumbnail available

Final Australian state to end law singling out deliberate transmission of HIV

The Victorian Government has announced it will move to repeal Section 19A of the Crimes Act which singles out the deliberate spreading of HIV as a separate crime to deliberately exposing people to other serious illnesses
Cyber hackers attack websites of Africa anti-gay countries

Cyber hackers attack websites of Africa anti-gay countries

Hacktivist groups TheEliteSociety and Anonymous launch a joint operation to hack any African country that imprisons or kills LGBT people