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‘I am not gay, my son is not my wife,’ says Malaysian government minister

‘I am not gay, my son is not my wife,’ says Malaysian government minister

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.

‘Here you have a very high profile corruption and money-laundering case… and the very person who cleared… Chia’s name is the minister on whom we have found evidence that his family had received… benefits from Chia,’ said Rafizi at a press conference outside parliament, Malaysiakini reports.

When pressed by journalists for a response, Nazri laughed off the accusation and said it was irrelevant because he was not the judge in the corruption case, adding that what happens between Chia and his son is none of his business:

‘I’m not gay, my son is not my wife, my son is not my lover, I don’t sleep with him. What he does he doesn’t tell me… That’s between my son and Michael Chia… If he wants to give a Hummer or Ferrari, that’s Michael Chia’s business.’

This is the latest of a string of ignorant homophobic comments from Malaysian government ministers.

In September education minster Mohd Puad Zarkashi hosted an event for parents where guidelines were given out explaining how to spot if their children are gay.

And in June Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Abdul Razak described LGBT people as ‘deviant aspects’ and a deputy minister said that the Malaysian constitution does not protect LGBT people’s rights.

An umbrella group of women’s rights groups started the Ai Yoh… Wat Lah?! Awards this year to bring attention to Malaysia’s most sexist, misogynist, homophobic and transphobic comments by public figures. They already have plenty of potential winners for next year’s awards.