(NST) - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) is akin to a social sickness that can be prevented and cured, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi.
Puad said several non-governmental organisations had pledged to stop people from all walks of life, especially students in the secondary schools from getting involved in LGBT.
He said many people, including teachers had confessed to him that they were gays and managed to turn over a new leaf following repeated personal consultation.
"LGBT is curable so those who are in this category please seek help immediately," he said.
Puad was speaking to reporters while officiating a LGBT seminar to discuss ways of overcoming fears to get treatment.
Some 200 representatives comprising parents and teachers from 176 schools in the Seberang Prai Utara and Seberang Prai Tengah districts attended the seminar at the Politeknik Seberang Prai here today.
Puad said the the seminar in Permatang Puah was the second of its kind to be held in Penang and similar events would continue nationwide. It was the 21st LGBT seminar in the country.