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MoE denies endorsing gay guidelines

 | September 15, 2012

Rembau MP and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, while welcoming the announcement, says the denial comes too little, too late

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Education today denied endorsing a controversial “early symptoms” guideline to identify lesbian, bisexsual, gay and transgender (LBGT) in schools.

“We wish to inform that we have not approved or endorsed to any parties to provide or issue the guidelines for distribution in schools.

“It is important to stress that it was issued by concerned quarters,” it said.

The ministry, however, said it is looking into the issue described as “social ills” and is constantly providing guidelines to prevent students from “engaging in such activities”.

The guidelines hogged international news when Putrajaya was said to have endorsed a list of identifiable gay traits aimed at helping parents deter homosexual tendencies among children.

It was also reported that related agencies have been holding seminars on the issue to push its fight against “social ills”.

The list, published by a Chinese daily recently, described gay men as having muscular bodies which they liked to show off by wearing V-necked and sleeveless tops.

They were also said to have a preference for tight and light-coloured clothing were attracted to men and liked carrying big handbags similar to those used by women.

Too little, too late

Lesbians were said to be attracted to women, liked to eat, sleep and hang out in the company of other women and have no affection for men, according to the report.

This list was distributed to parents and schools to help them identify these traits among students and so prevent the spread of homosexuality among teenagers.

Putrajaya took heavy criticism for the debacle, especially from foreign media who described the guidelines as shallow and said it would tarnish Malaysia’s image as a moderate country.

Responding to MoE’s statement Rembau MP and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin welcomed the denial but said it may have come too late.

“If only MOE deputy minister had clarified ‘Gay-delines’ sooner, it could have avoided public scorn and global ridicule,” said the young parliamentarian in his Twitter posting today.

Khairy was among the few lawmakers from the ruling coalition to chide the guidelines openly, often with sarcastic remarks about the methods proposed to identify homosexuals.

“I wear fitting V-necked t-shirts. I’m okay,” said Khairy in another Twitter posting earlier this week.


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