Haram for Muslims to support gays, bisexuals, says Wan Azizah

Gan Pei Ling

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has said members of the LGBT community should keep their lifestyle private. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 30, 2018.

DEPUTY Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said as a Muslim, she does not support the LGBT community.

“The most important thing for us as Muslims is that it is haram. I do not condone it. I do not say it is okay,” she told radio station BFM in an interview this morning.

She was asked whether the Pakatan Harapan government adopted a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in relation to the LGBT community.

Dr Wan Azizah previously said members of the community should keep their lifestyle private.

Asked if PH would abolish the sodomy law, she said the coalition had not discussed it.

“It was used against my husband (Anwar Ibrahim), but it wasn’t used against anyone else. In Islam, the religion of the federation, certain things are difficult for me to cross.”

Critics have argued that Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises same-sex intercourse, is a British relic.

The UK decriminalised homosexual acts between consenting men above the age of 21 in 1967.

LGBT rights became a hot issue after activist Numan Afifi resigned from Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s press team last month due to public pressure from conservatives.

The community again made headlines when portraits of activists Nisha Ayub and Pang Khee Teik were removed from a photography exhibition at the George Town Festival earlier this month, on the order of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

On both occasions, Mujahid, who is in charge of Islamic affairs, said LGBT folk should not be discriminated against at the workplace.

Segambut MP Hannah Yeoh and human rights lawyer Syahredzan Johan issued a joint statement on August 19, condemning hate crime against the LGBT community after a transgender was assaulted by a group of men in Seremban this month.

The victim suffered broken ribs, and back and head injuries that required 12 stitches.

Dr Wan Azizah is also women, family and community development minister, with Yeoh as her deputy. – August 30, 2018.

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  • Sorry, DPM, dont agree with you. They are also considered handicapped people. The difference between them and those physically handicapped is that mental or genetic and physical. If the society can show sympathy and charity to the physically handicapped community, why cant the same be extended to the mentally or genetically affected lot? In fact these lot didnt mean no harm to the society. Many of them are good contributors! Please extend the hands of mercy, charity and humanity to them. Make them feel that they belong to our society and wanted by our society. Living in their world of abnormality is already bad enough and now, being discarded and denounced by the Govt, the religion and the society, live is most terrible! Dear DPM, have a heart. Give these poor souls some space in our new Malaysia.

    Posted 5 years ago by Chris Kwan · Reply

  • It is ok to have personal views, but officially do what England and the UK has embarked on in their latest report (3rd July) last month (updating their 2011 practice) on helping the LGBT achieve recognition at national level. So said Ms. Penny Mordaunt their new Minister for Women & Equalities. Pakatoons in New Malaysia must not marginalise any group!..

    Posted 5 years ago by MELVILLE JAYATHISSA · Reply

  • Dear DPM Pls Do Not undermine CREATION OF CREATOR U as a HUMAN is also Creation of Creator likewise any other Human. Pray 5 times everyday 365days that dont CREATOR send a LGBT to be your family member in any form of relation. Bcoz of some bad DEEDS. KARMA DO HIT BACK . What HUMAN SOW SO SHALL HUMAN REAP . Respect Human as a Human. Did UR ALLAH Not Teach U THat If ur Blood is red colour Gays blood is also red colour Unfortunately Gays are paying their Karma that is the only difference.

    Posted 5 years ago by Tharan Singh · Reply