KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 (Bernama) -- The actions of some Muslims in joining the recent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) illegal march in the capital are a matter of obvious opposition to the laws, religious teachings and cultural norms of Malaysian society, according to Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (JAWI) director Mohd Ajib Ismail.
He said although the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government assures that everyone has the right to freedom of expression, it does not mean that anyone especially Muslims could violate the laws and religious teachings.
“JAWI condemns the action of some of our Muslim brothers and sisters who joined the LGBT march recently, in which some of the rights they fought during that march were not the rights they should fight for (such as ‘free my nipples’ and ‘sex work is work’).
“It’s true that freedom of assembly and speech are guaranteed in the constitution and the government itself, but that does not mean we are free to fight for something that is clearly against our law, religious teachings and cultural norms,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today, in response to the LGBT illegal assembly in conjunction with Women's March last Saturday.
Yesterday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim was quoted as saying that the police would call the organizer of the event to assist in investigations under Section 9 (5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for holding an assembly without a permit.
Mohd Ajib said JAWI was committed to implementing various programmes guided by the Federal Territories Mufti to educate the public on the LGBT issue, including a special programme designed to help the LGBT people.
“This year, JAWI is taking the initiative to enhance public awareness on LGBT issue through the syariah law enforcement and understanding campaign, monitoring LGBT activities at various places, distributing syariah law awareness brochures and providing advice and explanations to the public not to engage in syariah criminal offences.
“Latest, JAWI will launch into the third gear of its ‘ Santuni Komuniti’ campaign in Putrajaya this Thursday to boost the efforts to help and advice LGBT groups,” he said.
He added that JAWI’s approach in this issue was being implemented in three stages, namely through description and explanation; intervention; and enforcement.