A Malaysian leader wants children to be educated from a young age to not become LGBTI.
Sri Dr Harussani Zakaria is the Mufti of Perak and made the comments that family education will become critical to ‘tackling immoral phenomena’,
A Mufti is a religious legal leader in Islam and an authority to give rulings on religious matters. Perak is one of Malaysia’s biggest regions and sits in the country’s south-west.
Harussani made the comments to media after a seminar, saying existing Malaysian laws were strong enough to ‘prevent’ LGBTI people.
‘In the family, the mother is a teacher to the children while the father is the foundation of human development,’ the Sinar Online reported Harussani as saying.
‘Human beings are created with reason and lust. The mind which becomes a consideration in itself and when the mind is corrupted, it is a deviation in religion.’
The crackdown continues
His comments come amid a growing crackdown on the LGBTI community in Malaysia.
The debate around LGBTI rights made headlines after the portraits of two LGBTI activists were removed from an national exhibition.
Since then two lesbians were caned for ‘attempted sexual relations’ and police raided a beloved gay for the first time in its 30 year history.
Harussani has a history of making anti-LGBTI comments.
After the caning of the two women he said their punishment was ‘not cruel’.