Minister says being gay is unconstitutional

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal, The Malaysian Insider

A federal minister said today it is unconstitutional for a person to be homosexual in Malaysia, but did not back up his claims with any provision.

There are no provisions in the federal constitution which directly mention the sexual preference of individuals.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (picture) however cited sections 377(a), (b), (c) and (d) of the Penal Code to justify his argument.

The sections relate to carnal intercourse against the order of nature.

“In reality, in the country’s constitution it is not allowed, including sections 377(a), (b), (c) and (d) which prohibit sexual relations between two men,” said Jamil, who is in charge of Islamic affairs and head of the Malaysian Department of Islamic Development (Jakim).