Govt agencies taking steps to curb 'LGBT culture', says Religious Affairs Minister

KUALA LUMPUR: Rehabilitation under Mukhayyam programmes for the LGBT group is among the strategic steps by the government to curb the spread of such “culture”, says the Religious Affair Minister.

Datuk Dr Mohd Na'im Mokhtar said the programmes involve the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia (Yadim) as well as Yayasan Ihtimam Malaysia and the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais).

“The government, through Jakim, has taken initiatives by establishing a Special Committee on Muslim LGBT Issues in Malaysia.

“The committee meets at least once a year or as needed. It is composed of ministries, departments, agencies and NGOs that will coordinate LGBT issues arising among Muslims in the aspects of education and advocacy, da'wah and guidance and enforcement,” he said in a written response to Datuk Ahmad Saad @ Yahaya (PN-Pokok Sena) in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (May 23).

Ahmad had asked about strategic steps using the whole-of-government approach in curbing the normalisation of LGBT culture in Malaysia.

Mohd Nai’m also said several other bodies such as the Youth and Sports Ministry and Health Ministry were involved in education, prevention and advocating against LGBT culture.

“Among the programmes are a webinar on social issues involving youth organised by Jakim and the youth ministry, seminars on social issues by Jakim and Komuniti Dakwah dan Tarbiah, and Program Sihat Tanpa AIDS Remaja 2.0 by the Health Ministry,” he said.

He also said the government had conducted research to study the group as well as law enforcement methods.

Mohd Na’im said even though LGBT culture was unacceptable in the eyes of the law, the government did not discriminate against the group's basic rights as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

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