Putrajaya lists homosexual ‘symptoms’ to prevent spread among schoolchildren
The list published today by the Chinese-language Sin Chew Daily says that gay men have muscular bodies and like to show off by wearing V-neck 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, which quoted the guidelines published by the Yayasan Guru Malaysia Bhd and Putrajaya Consultative Council of Parents and Teachers Associations.
Deputy Education Minister Mohd Puad Zarkashi (picture) said few people understood or knew the early “symptoms” of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community to prevent its spread.
"The time has come for the LGBT issue to be discussed openly and not seen as a "taboo"," Bernama quoted him as saying after launching the Parents Handling LGBT Issues seminar in Penang yesterday.
Puad said the ministry took a serious view of the LGBT issue and did not want it to start in schools as it could lead to bigger problems if not contained.
"In our country, there are signs of support among certain parties to the Seksualiti Merdeka movement whose objectives are to defend the LGBT community on human rights grounds," he said.
He reminded parents to monitor their children's activities especially those surfing the Internet, so that they are not influenced by websites and social medias run by LGBT supporters.
Homosexuality has long been considered taboo by Malaysia's dominant Malay community, which professes that it is against the teachings of Islam. Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sacked his then deputy, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, on charges of sodomy and abuse of power in 1998, saying such behaviour is unacceptable for a Malaysian leader.
Anwar went free six years later after the sodomy conviction was overturned. He fought off a similar charge earlier this year.
But Putrajaya's latest move against homosexuality started last year when the annual human rights event, Seksualiti Merdeka, was banned by the Home Ministry.
The sexuality rights festival, which would have seen the hosting of forums, theatre, musical performances and movie screenings, was branded by the mainstream media as a "sex party for the LGBT community".>
In April, Jaringan Melayu Malaya (JMM) used Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan's invite to officiate the event as proof that she supported LGBT rights in what can be seen as a move to discredit the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (BERSIH) struggle before it's rally on April 28.
In July, both Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Anwar voiced their disapproval of the LGBT community.
Najib had said during an assembly of 11,000 members of mosque committees in Serdang that LGBTs were "enemies of Islam".
Anwar had testified in court that he supports discrimination against LGBTs while saying that laws would be reviewed should a Pakatan Rakyat federal government be formed.
Yesterday, the Opposition leader withdrew his lawsuit against former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan who admitted being sodomised by Anwar in lodging his police report.
Counsel Ranjit Singh said the suit was withdrawn because Anwar's reputation had been vindicated by the acquittal of his sodomy charge.