KUALA TERENGGANU: The minister in charge of Islamic affairs says the government will think of new measures to stop sex-related activities linked to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community, saying the strict enforcement approach has failed.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa, citing figures by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) that 80% of transgenders were involved in the sex industry, said authorities would also help them return to the “right path”.
“To solve this problem, we have to get them out of the industry first and this will not happen until we are more open to help and guide them… that’s more important than the dressing issue and others,” he said after launching a seminar on “Civilization and Contemporary Lifestyle Disorder” today.
He said the authorities should approach the community and understand their problems.
He said the government would also organise campaigns, seminars and camps to reach out to the LGBT community and their families.
“Parents need to be aware that this can be stopped from the beginning. We are ready to guide and help because we have the expertise,” he said.