Monday, 14 November 2011 18:12

Malaysian States To Pass Anti-Gay Laws

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In Malaysia, two states, Pahang and Malacca, want to pass laws against gays and lesbians.

The laws could punish gay Muslims and gay rights supporters with prison sentences, a regional minister told AFP.

"Homosexuality is against Islam. Men should look for women, not men. So that's why we don't want to follow this activity promoted by Western countries," Mohamad Ali Rustam, chief minister of southern Malacca said.

"People are talking about human rights, but this is not right... It's our duty (to stop it) but we cannot take action because there is no law," he added.

A few days ago, already, the government banned a festival of gay arts (see Malaysian Police Ordered To Cancel A LGBT Arts Festival).

State Islamic authorities were considering drafting a new law that could charge in Islamic courts those who engaged in "homosexual activities" and "free sex activities", the minister said, without elaborating further.

These laws could be passed during the month.

Human Rights Watch wrote a letter to the Prime Minister urging that all the Malaysians are protected from discrimination but will it be sufficient? I don't think so.