A Malaysian politician in parliament on Monday (18 March) described LGBT ‘phenomenon’ as ‘unnatural lust’ that ‘should never be accepted’.
Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali demanded to know what the government was doing to ‘curb LGBT practices’ after the Women’s March earlier this month included demands for LGBTI rights.
He also blamed LGBTI for rising HIV infections in the country.
‘This is unnatural lust and should never be accepted’ he said of the LGBTI community.
‘We want to know the actions taken by the government to curb LGBT practices’.
‘I liken it to building a house’ the politician said.
‘We make a door at the front, we make sure the door is beautiful, we paint it, carve it and spray it with air freshener.’
‘Why would we then want to go through the back door? The back door is dirty, it is not appropriate and smelly’.
He said the government must control the LGBT population or invite God’s wrath.
Homosexuality is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia. A colonial-era law punishes gay sex with up to 20 years in prison.
Politicians and religious leaders are leading Malaysia in becoming increasingly intolerant towards its LGBTI population.
LGBTI Malaysians were once again under attack after the Women’s March Malaysia included demands for LGBT rights.
The government and mainstream media condemned the march for including demands for LGBTI rights.
What’s more, the government is pursuing archaic ‘sedition’ charges against organizers.
On Monday, police questioned three organizers.
Datuk Gurdial Singh Nijar, legal representative of one of the defendants, on Monday told the Malay Mail the organizers had filed the correct paper work.
‘Hakam [human rights body] wants to register its very strong protest against the continuance of the repressive policies of the past government’ he also said.
HIV and AIDS groups in Malaysia slammed Ghazali’s comments.
Martin Choo, of the Kuala Lumpur AIDS Support Services Society, spoke to Free Malaysia Today. choo said the politician’s comments were not accurate.
‘Anyone who has sex without adequate protection is at risk of HIV, regardless of their sexual orientation or how they choose to have sex’ Choo told the paper.
He said the government was working to combat the HIV epidemic with special clinics.
‘It will be regrettable if such efforts by the government to contain the epidemic are negated by prejudicial messaging, and deleterious if people are hurt as a result,’ he said.
What’s more, the Malaysian AIDS Council president, Bakhtiar Talhah, echoed Choo’s comments.
He also told Free Malaysia Today they showed ignorance of scientific and medical facts.
‘All this talk of LGBT is merely fear-mongering that targets Malaysians who are vulnerable and widely discriminated against’ Talhah said.