Both leaders criticised for attacking the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The movement’s executive director E Nalini said it was distasteful for both leaders to single out the LGBT community while making promises to uphold human rights in the country.
“Pakatan Rakyat and the ruling government have never stood firm on this issue and always find ways to insult the LGBT community in Malaysia,” Nalini said.
“Their statements send out a message that justifies homophobic and transphobic abuse against the LGBT community.”
On July 18, Anwar said laws that discriminated homosexuals were needed in order to protect the sanctity of heterosexual marriages.
Najib backed Anwar’s statement the following day and said that the LGBT community were the enemies of Islam, alongside pluralists and liberalists.
In her rebuttal, Nalini said that the LGBT community was not asking for any special privileges but would want to live in peace with fellow Malaysians.
“They are only asking the government to live up to its promises and obligations in recognising equality and fair treatment for all human beings,” she said.
Nalini also said the root cause of homophobia in the country is fear and such intolerance has no place in modern Malaysia.
“We should not allow fear to manifest itself into discrimination against any human being. Our progress towards building a more tolerant society should not be allowed to go into reverse gear,” said Nalini.