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June 21, 2012

Syahredzan Johan contradicts deputy minister Dr Mashitah Ibrahim's reading of Article 8 of the Malaysian constitution

Malaysian lawyer Syahredzan Johan has said a deputy minister’s reading of the country’s constitution is ‘narrow’.

Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, deputy minister in the prime minister’s department said in the senate earlier this week that Malaysia’s constitution does protect citizens against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

June 20, 2012

Malaysia deputy minister says government is ‘tackling’ LGBT issue

A Malaysia deputy minister questioned in the senate yesterday, said that the constitution did not protect the rights of LGBT citizens.

Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, deputy minister in the prime minister’s department responded to a question in the senate about what the government was doing to ‘tackle’ LGBT issues.

‘A series of rehabilitation and treatment courses will be given to Muslims who have deviated from societal norms,’ said Mashitah. She said that being LGBT was against Islam and the constitution of the country, as Islam is the official religion.

March 23, 2012

The Malaysian government is working with several NGOs to help resolve LGBT ‘problems’

An official has revealed that the Malaysian government is training volunteers to 'help' the LGBT community, as part of its anti-homosexual campaign.

During a parliamentary session on Thursday (22 March), Mashitah Ibrahim, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said the Malaysian government has ‘prevention’ and ‘law enforcement’ as its theme when it comes to LGBT issues.