Putrajaya denies doctor in LGBT controversy transferred

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

KUALA LUMPUR: The health ministry today denied that a doctor whose remarks against LGBT patients had several activists up in arms had been barred from her duties at a government hospital in Kota Bharu.

Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad denied the claim that Dr Nur Ilyani Mohamed Nawawi had been given a 24-hour transfer notice to Putrajaya.

“It’s not true. The ministry will issue a statement,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.

Nur Ilyani in a Facebook post had questioned activist Marina Mahathir, who is the patron of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF), for championing the rights of the LGBT community.

She said if the community had rights, then she too had a right to live peacefully, free from their “deviant lifestyles”.

In her post, Nur Ilyani also said as a doctor, she would give LGBT patients the best treatment despite her reservations about them.

Following strong reactions to her post and calls to punish her, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman defended Ilyani’s right to free speech.

“If there is any disciplinary action taken against the medical officer, I will personally speak out against it as she is entitled to give her personal views,” he said.

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