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April 3, 2013

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

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.

April 3, 2013

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

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.

February 4, 2013

Malaysian deputy education minister says LGBT behavior in children is 'like a disease'

Malaysia's education ministry held 21 seminars over the last six months about how to 'curb' LGBT behavior, reaching 16,000 parents and teachers.

Deputy education minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the ministry would be holding more seminars across the country, The Star reports.

At a seminar last week in Seberang in northwestern Malaysia, Puad said:

'It is like a disease but it can be cured with early intervention.'

February 4, 2013

Malaysian deputy education minister says LGBT behavior in children is 'like a disease'

Malaysia's education ministry held 21 seminars over the last six months about how to 'curb' LGBT behavior, reaching 16,000 parents and teachers.

Deputy education minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the ministry would be holding more seminars across the country, The Star reports.

At a seminar last week in Seberang in northwestern Malaysia, Puad said:

'It is like a disease but it can be cured with early intervention.'

February 1, 2013

Malaysia is 'backsliding on rights' says international human rights watchdog

Human Rights Watch has criticized Malaysia in its annual report published today.

'The Malaysian government’s promised human rights agenda fell far short in practice in 2012,' said Asia deputy director Phil Robertson.

'As elections approach, the government will need to demonstrate its willingness to uphold the rights of all citizens, whatever their political views.'

January 23, 2013

Malaysian deputy education minister offends LGBT people again

Malaysia's deputy education minister has told parents 'intervention' can help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children 'return to the right path'.

Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi was speaking at a parenting seminar organized by teachers' group Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad, the same group who caused derision the world over for producing guidelines on how to identify LGBT children.

January 23, 2013

Malaysian deputy education minister offends LGBT people again

Malaysia's deputy education minister has told parents 'intervention' can help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children 'return to the right path'.

Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi was speaking at a parenting seminar organized by teachers' group Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad, the same group who caused derision the world over for producing guidelines on how to identify LGBT children.

November 2, 2012

Cabinet minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz is the latest Malaysian politician to make an ignorant homophobic gaffe

The latest ignorant homophobic gaffe from a Malaysia politician came from cabinet minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz yesterday, when he responded to accusations of improper behaviour in a corruption case.

The comments came while Nazri was defending himself from claims that he acted dishonestly when he told parliament that his friend, businessman Michael Chia, had been cleared of corruption charges.

Rafizi Ramli of the opposing People’s Justice Party (PKR) announced yesterday that he has proof a black Hummer SUV driven by Nazri’s son Nedim is owned by Chia.

October 8, 2012

Event to bring attention to Malaysia's education ministry's moves to support discrimination in schools is not funny, says deputy minister

Malaysia's deputy education minister has made a po-faced response to last week's tongue-in-cheek protest, National Wear V-Neck Day.

October 8, 2012

Event to bring attention to Malaysia's education ministry's moves to support discrimination in schools is not funny, says deputy minister

Malaysia's deputy education minister has made a po-faced response to last week's tongue-in-cheek protest, National Wear V-Neck Day.

September 21, 2012

Minister denies connection to guidelines, but says the government is taking ‘this LGBT issue seriously’

The Malaysian deputy education minister said yesterday that the government is taking ‘this LGBT issue seriously’. 

Mohd Puad Zarkashi was speaking to the Malaysian Insider about controversial guidelines distributed at a parents and teachers seminar called ‘Parenting in addressing the issue of LGBTs’ last week.

September 21, 2012

Minister denies connection to guidelines, but says the government is taking ‘this LGBT issue seriously’

The Malaysian deputy education minister said yesterday that the government is taking ‘this LGBT issue seriously’. 

Mohd Puad Zarkashi was speaking to the Malaysian Insider about controversial guidelines distributed at a parents and teachers seminar called ‘Parenting in addressing the issue of LGBTs’ last week.

September 18, 2012

Events organiser for teachers’ group who issued guidelines saying gay men wear V-necks says ‘we were just doing this for the good of society’ 

One of the groups in Malaysia who issued stereotypical guidelines for parents to tell if their children are gay has said they ‘never meant any harm’.

Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad, a teachers’ group, and Putrajaya Consultative Council of Parents and Teachers Associations organized the seminar ‘Parenting in addressing the issue of LGBTs’  last Wednesday.

September 13, 2012

Malaysian Education Ministry endorses guidelines that warn parents to be vigilant about ‘tight and light-coloured clothes’

The Ministry of Education in Malaysia has endorsed guidelines to help parents tell if their children are gay or lesbian.

Malaysiakini reports that the list of 'symptoms' for gay men includes stereotypes such as: