KLUANG – Seksualiti Merdeka will affect the stability of the nation as most people are against it, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said. “Every religion and culture does not condone same-sex relationships,” he said, adding that he would not be surprised if the event was politically motivated. He also said police had opened investigation papers and called up the Seksualiti Merdeka organisers, including former Bar Council president Datuk S. Ambiga. He added that the case was being investigated under Section 298A of the Penal Code and Section 27A(1)(c) of the Police Act. “I was informed that the police have called up Ambiga and the organisers to take their statements, but I have yet to receive the report,” he said after donating 67 cows for Hari Raya Haji for his parliamentary constituency.
On Thursday, police banned Seksualiti Merdeka which had planned a series of activities to last until Nov 13 in Kuala Lumpur. With the theme “Queer Without Fear”, the programme included workshops, book launches, an art exhibition and performances. In Kuala Lumpur, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said there must be a limit to freedom. “We don’t need this sexuality thing. We don’t need men marrying men, women marrying women and blatant exhibitionists (here),” he said after delivering his speech at the Third World Chinese Economic Forum here yesterday.
“What will happen to us when people decide to walk naked on the streets? We can’t stop them. If they (people) decide as seen in some countries to have sex in public, what will happen to us?” Meanwhile, scores of people from several non-governmental organisations including Perkasa, Suara Anak-Anak Malaysia and Penang’s Body for Anti-Liberism of Religion (Badai), held peaceful demonstrations against Seksualiti Merdeka after Friday prayers at the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur and the Kampung Rawa mosque and George Town. – The Star
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1) “We don’t need this sexuality thing. We don’t need men marrying men, women marrying women and blatant exhibitionists (here),” he said after delivering his speech at the Third World Chinese Economic Forum here yesterday.
Oh yes we do. But in proper dedicated spaces and districts. They need the protection of the law as well. Definition of a human being should not be by their sexuality and some legal matters require the technicality of being married to function. As for the sexuality issue, it is their own business, not the government’s business.
2) “What will happen to us when people decide to walk naked on the streets? We can’t stop them. If they (people) decide as seen in some countries to have sex in public, what will happen to us?”
Nothing will happen. they are just walking. And if they had sex and made sure no mess was left behind after having sex, none should care or bother. Even if they took a dump in the open (and made sure they cleaned up, much like people walking dogs clean up the crap . . . ) that should not bother either. It’s not like they were going to hump someone’s leg with ‘intent to annoy’. For someone who has rumours of being bisexual floating about, someone seems rather prudish do they not?
In fact, I’d advocate enclosed Nudist districts within portions of international cities. I’d advocate enclosed Sex-friendly districts within portions of international cities. Both are not neccessarily the same and not necessarily mutually exclusive either. Nothing will happen to if Nudists mingled freely with Burkha clad persons. Try it after legislating Nudist Colonies and Nudist Districts. Challenge your narrowmindedness Home Minister! These will be closed districts for the consenting and no Muslims or at worst only non-Muslim Malays will be involved.
Like pork or alcohol, praying to idols or disallowing the same, everyone should have their own spaces as they wish. Government’s job is to ensure that space rather than disallow anything. The thinking is very authoritarian, we are taxpaying citizens, not children, our rights are protected by the UNHCR, Malaysia as a signatory of the UNHCR has no right to forbid anything but does have right to regulate appropriate spaces at most.