Muhyiddin: Seksualiti Merdeka is ‘immoral’

By Teoh El Sen, FMT

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has dismissed the ongoing “Seksualiti Merdeka” programme as “totally non-beneficial” to Malaysians.

Speaking on behalf of the government and Umno, Muhyiddin said: “I don’t know what our country can gain from this.

“Umno and the government feel that something like that is totally not beneficial at all.

“I don’t understand why they are holding this. Does it have any hidden political agendas?

“But for Malaysians, they would have to judge for themselves. For a large number of us, it should not be done, it is a waste of time,” he told reporters here today.

Muhyiddin, the Umno deputy president, said that Malaysia had clear guidelines and legislations outlawing “unnatural” sexual activities such as sodomy.

“We are a free country but there are limits.

“The organisers can say this is a free country and they can do anything but there are limits.

“In Malaysia, when we talk about human rights, we are signatory to the United Nations Human Rights convention.

“Malaysia has the Federal Constitution and its laws, we also have religion and our cultural values,” he said.

Not in line with Islam

Muhyiddin said what Seksualiti Merdeka was advocating was not in line with the various religions, including Islam and Christianity.

“In the Islamic context, this is not in line with our religion, it is an immoral (songsang) activity that does not meet our customs, even the Christians also say that they are against,” he said.

The Seksualiti Merdeka festival, which celebrates the rights of the lesbian,gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community has been held annually since 2008.