No, we are not LGBT-friendly, says Putrajaya

Mujahid Yusof Rawa says while the law prohibits LGBT lifestyle, the community should be treated fairly. (Youtube screengrab)

KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya today said it was equally concerned about the “LGBT lifestyle”, and rejected claims by its critics that the Pakatan Harapan-led government was more friendly to the community.

Mujahid Yusof Rawa, the minister in charge of Islamic affairs, said the country’s laws were clear that homosexual activities, which are often linked to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT) community, are prohibited.

“The government has always paid attention to the spread of the LGBT lifestyle which is worrying,” said the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, in response to a question from Ahmad Nazlan Idris (BN-Jerantut).

Ahmad Nazlan asked what steps the government was taking to curb the LGBT culture which he described as worrying.

“I would like to make it clear that based on the laws, it means, and I hope everyone listens carefully and would not spin my statement, that the right of the LGBT community to practise their lifestyle is still subjected to laws which prohibit it.

“Do not stand on the Friday pulpit and accuse the PH government of being friendly to LGBT,” said Mujahid.

But Mujahid said the community should not be bullied, adding that their basic human rights as Malaysian citizens must be respected.

He said statistics show that 80% of the transgender community were involved in prostitution.

“If we keep discriminating them in the workplace, they will remain as sex workers, when the government is trying to bring them out of it,” he said.