DPM: Malaysia objected to LGBT rights in ASEAN rights charter

Participants hold a large gay pride flag during a gay pride parade in Hong Kong November 10, 2012. — Reuters picParticipants hold a large gay pride flag during a gay pride parade in Hong Kong November 10, 2012. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak had objected to the inclusion of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights when signing ASEAN’s first human rights charter recently, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin revealed tonight, saying Malaysia could not accept principles that go against the order of human nature.

The deputy prime minister took a swipe at Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim when warning him against legitimising these “twisted practices” just because they were accepted by western nations, suggesting that it was the opposition leader’s “hobby”.

“Beware, it must be his hobby,” Muhyiddin said in his speech when opening Umno’s Youth, Wanita and Puteri general assemblies at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here.

On November 18, Najib inked ASEAN’s first human rights declaration (AHRD) in Cambodia, officially committing Malaysia to its first foreign convention to promote fair treatment of every individual irrespective of race, religion and political opinion.

The signing, which took place during the 21st ASEAN Summit at the Peace Palace in the capital city of Phnom Penh, had come at an opportune time for Malaysia and the Barisan Nasional (BN) government led by Najib, which has come under close international scrutiny for its alleged mishandling of several recent human rights issues.

The Malaysian government recently came under heavy fire again when it was reported to have endorsed a list of identifiable gay and lesbian traits for schools and parents, purportedly to prevent the spread of the phenomenon among teenagers, especially students.

The controversial guideline, listed by the Chinese-language Sin Chew Daily, said that gay men have muscular bodies and like to show off by wearing V-necks and sleeveless clothes, prefer tight and light-coloured clothing, are attracted to men and like to carry big handbags similar to those used by women.

Lesbians are said to be attracted to women, like to eat, sleep and hang out in the company of other women and have no affection for men, according to the report.

It was later reported that the Ministry of Education had never authorised nor endorsed the guidelines.

But Muhyiddin today continued to stress that Malaysia was against the culture and practices of the LGBTs, and claimed that the group’s “ideologies” have now infiltrated opposition politics.

He pointed to how Anwar was reported to have claimed the country’s laws governing these issues were “backward” before reminding the latter that Islam, the religion that the opposition leader professes, forbids homosexuality.

“If these laws are backward, then is the opposition leader saying that Allah’s laws are also backward.

“Do not, just because these twisted practices are permitted in the West and accepted as human rights, legitimise them here as well,” said Muhyiddin.


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