SHAH ALAM: Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Puad Zarkashi has described lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals and transgenders (LGBT) as an illness that can be treated.
He called on parents to recognise the symptoms early to prevent their children from practising the LGBT lifestyle.
For those already adopting the lifestyle, Dr Puad said "intervention by teachers and parents, followed by counselling, can help them to return to the right path".
Dr Puad was speaking at a parenting seminar on how to curb LGBT organised by Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad.
"LGBT is a social illness. We have to raise awareness on it. Just like drugs, a lack of awareness will cause LGBT to spread," Puad said.
He called on parents to be attentive to their children and take note of their behaviour. "If your son keeps asking for permission to spend the night at the house of another male friend, then you must check to ensure that nothing else is happening," he said.
The seminar, which was attended by hundreds of teachers and parents, was the 20th in a nationwide series organised by Yayasan Guru Malaysia Berhad.
Dr Puad said the intention of the programme was not to discriminate against LGBT but to raise awareness and promote early prevention.