Gay relations illegal

Published: November 22, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Homosexuality is deemed illegal in Malaysia as it goes against the constitution, says Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz.

Nazri, who is also the de facto Law Minister, said Islam is enshrined in the constitution as the religion of the Federation and same sex orientation is unIslamic.

He was commenting on a statement by Minister in the PM’s Department, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, in an interview with Utusan Malaysia yesterday.

Jamil Khir had said the constitution prohibited sexual relations between two men under Section 377 of the Penal Code that states carnal intercourse as against the order of nature.

“As you all know, in the constitution, there is a general statement which says Islam is the religion of the Federation in Article 3. What he (Jamil Khir) meant that even certain acts, if they are interpreted as within the rights of the constitution  but if that Act is against Islam, then it is inconsistent as far as Islam is concerned.

“So when Jamil Khir said that he is right because when it is expressed in the constitution that Islam is the religion of the Federation, so even though certain act is consistent with the constitution but inconsistent against Islam, then it is not applicable in Malaysia,” he told reporters at KL Sentral yesterday.

Malaysia recently banned Seksuality Merdeka, an annual sexual rights festival organised since 2008, following an uproar from conservative religious groups.

Malacca and Pahang governments are also considering to amend its Islamic enactment against homosexual related activities.

Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam had said the amendments would allow Muslim gays and lesbians to be tried in court and punished by a jail term or a fine.

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