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Sunday September 16, 2012
By RAHIMY RAHIM and REGINA LEE firstname.lastname@example.org
PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry says it has nothing to do with the reported guidelines for parents and teachers to spot lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tendencies of their children and students.
In its official Facebook page yesterday, the ministry denied that it had endorsed the parenting seminar in Penang which reportedly distributed the guidelines.
In a three-paragraph statement, the ministry said it had also not endorsed any party to publish LGBT guidelines for circulation in schools, adding that the seminar was organised by “concerned NGOs”.
“Nonetheless, the ministry views cases of social ills in the community seriously and will give guidance directly and indirectly to all schoolchildren to ensure they stay away from unhealthy activities,” it said.
It was reported that the guidelines were distributed by Yayasan Guru Malaysia Bhd and Putrajaya Consultative Council of Parents and Teachers Associations at the seminar on Thursday.
The so-called guidelines have drawn a lot of brickbats on the social media and exposed Malaysia to international ridicule on prominent foreign news sites.
Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi reiterated that the ministry was not aware of such guidelines and the matter must be clarified by the seminar organisers.
He also denied the ministry had supported the guidelines that were distributed during the event.
Meanwhile, Yayasan Guru Malaysia event coordinator Hasnul Hadi Abdullah Sani clarified that the leaflets distributed at the seminar were not “guidelines”.
He said they merely explained to teachers and parents on how to deal with LGBT problems.
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said if the ministry had clarified the controversy earlier, it could have avoided public scorn and ridicule.
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