Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said that gay marriage is ‘not natural’ and will ‘wipe out’ the human race while speaking at a business forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (28 June).
‘Men marrying men, women marrying women… It’s not natural. Just imagine if we all indulge in that. No children. One generation and the whole human race is wiped out,’ Mahathir said as reported by the Indian Express.
Mahathir also said Malaysians have become more racist and the upcoming general election will be about race.
‘In other countries, politics is based on ideologies. For us, ideologies are irrelevant. Our politics is about race and all our political parties are racist in nature. In our country, we are more racist than before. This is the reality that we must accept,’ Mahathir said.
Mahathir, 86, was Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister. He held office for 22 years from 1981 until 2003.
In the late 1990s it is widely believed that Mahathir was the source of a smear campaign targeted at his former deputy and political rival Anwar Ibrahim with charges of sodomy. He was eventually acquitted earlier this year.
It was also revealed yesterday that current prime minister Najib Razak told the US deputy secretary of state about his ‘disappointment’ over President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage. He said ‘followers of faith’ should be ‘respected’ as they are ‘the majority in the US as well as in Malaysia’.
This follows a statement from Prime Minister Najib earlier this week in which he said LGBT people are ‘deviant aspects’ of Malaysia.