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Vilification of contributing members of our society — Janarthani Arumugam

April 06, 2012

APRIL 6 — It is extremely disconcerting that the government has reached a new low in its targeting of the LGBT community. In less than a month, the equally homophobic mainstream media has faithfully reported opinions of hate-mongering politicians in order to deflect the rakyat’s attention from the actual malaise affecting this nation — lousy governance.

In fact, I would like to propose an extensive counselling programme to the Honorable DPM to deter corruption among politicians. Now, that would be money well spent, failing which we send them to jail. 

I also propose a mandatory personality test to weed out racist, homophobic and sexist elected representatives so that the rakyat are effectively represented in Parliament.

It is vital to understand that this is a carefully constructed “sandiwara” to really draw attention away from pressing problems we face on a day-to-day basis in this country.

For instance, RON97 just went up by 10 sen, the NFC is divesting its ill-begotten assets, the economy is suffering and the coffers of the nation are dry, but none of these get the attention that they deserve from the ruling junta.

I am not going to go into the details of how a person’s sexuality or gender orientation has nothing to do with their ability to host a chat show, run for office or become the prime minister. There is a lot research and case studies which support the fact that given equally opportunities any LGBT individual can reach his/her fullest potential to contribute greatly to society. However, an LGBT individual suffers great discrimination from birth because he/she is not considered the norm hence does not get the opportunity to fulfil his/her potential. 

The homophobia displayed by the likes of the deputy prime minister and the Bayan Baru parliamentarian will give credence to misconceptions already being perpetuated about the LGBT community. In fact, any sane politician could attest to the fact that a nation thrives when its citizens are productive.

As a voter, since it is all about the 13th general election, I am perfectly clear on my stand about politicians who are homophobic, hate-mongers or blatantly ignorant. I do not want to cringe every time my elected representative unabashedly contributes to hatred against another Malaysian. Oh yes, let us not forget that the LGBT community also votes!

I would in fact write/call/visit my parliamentarian and tell him/her exactly how I feel about the homophobia and vilification of the LGBT community. If he/she does not hold the very same principles which I do, I would effectively campaign against him/her. I will not tolerate homophobia or hatred in the country that I love and call home.

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