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Najib ‘disappointed’ with Obama on gay marriage

 | June 28, 2012

The prime minister conveyed his stand to the American president during the former's visit to the US.

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak recently expressed disappointment toward US President Barack Obama’s stance on same sex marriages.

This was revealed in a written reply from the Foreign Ministry to Pasir Puteh MP (PAS) Muhammad Husain, who asked the Foreign Minister Anifah Aman if the government would state an official objection to the American president’s support for same sex marriage.

Najib had apparently conveyed his stand to Obama, through a secretary, during his visit to the US recently.

“In regard to Obama’s statement supporting marriage of the LGBT(lesbian, gays, bisexual and transgender) group, it is a personal opinion and only applies to the US,” the Foreign Ministry’s
statement said yesterday.

The ministry said that in principle, Malaysia does not intrude upon another country’s domestic issues as the values of foreigners differ from those of Malaysia.

“Therefore, there is no need for us to object to the stand of the US president that was made based in the context of his country’s open social issues.”

“However, the honourable prime minister had informed his disappointment towards president Obama’s statement supporting the right of marriage of LGBT group through the US deputy secretary of state during their meeting in Washington DC recently.”

“The prime minister had also stressed to the US that principles of religious laws should be respected and followed in regard to social issues which are regarded sensitive by followers of the faith who are the majority in the US as well as in Malaysia.”

The ministry said the government’s stand on the LGBT is very clear, where Malaysia “will not compromise or work together with any parties in or outside of the country to recognise the LGBT community and its rights”.

It said that the stand of the government is clear when it disallowed a recent gathering by the LGBT group which was “insensitive to the religion and culture of the local society”.

Malaysia’s stance is also the same as that of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The ministry said Malaysia will continue to state its stand on this issue whenever it has a chance to meet and discuss this issue with the US.


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