The editors of a newspaper owned by Malaysia’s ruling UMNO party have warned against people participating in protests against a new goods and services tax, making the extraordinary claim that such protests will lead to naked gay parades.
Utusan Malaysia’s editors claimed there was a growing LGBTI element in anti-government protest rallies and warned of what could be to come.
‘LGBT activists are certainly intensifying efforts demanding for many things, including the rights to march, as it is done in many western countries,’ the editors wrote.
‘Imagine nude parades and individuals of the same-sex kissing in front of [Independence Square].’
How this would occur while homosexuality remains a serious criminal offense in Malaysia was not explained.
Section 377A and 377B of the colonial era Malaysian Penal Code criminalize anal and oral sex and Malaysian Muslims who are gay may also be sentenced to be flogged by Islamic sharia courts.