Malaysia cannot accept LGBTI rights, says Prime Minister


Rik Glauert writes at Gay Star News:

Malaysia cannot accept equal marriage or LGBTI rights, the country’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday (21 September).

It was the latest blow to the increasingly persecuted minority in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

‘In Malaysia, there are some things we cannot accept,’ Mahathir told reporters, according to local media. ‘Even though it is seen as human rights in Western countries’, he reportedly explained.

The Prime Minister’s comments came as he met the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, known as Suhakam.

‘While we agree with Suhakam [on some things], we have to remind Suhakam that Malaysia has a different value system than the Westerners’, he said.

The Prime Minister said a family could only be considered a family if it was composed of a heterosexual couple and their children.

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