MALAYSIA: THE HOMOPHOBIC STATE - Malaysia appears to have become hyper-homophobic as its Education Minister, Puad Zarkashinot, warns parents to be on their guard in order to spot potential homosexual behavior in their children.
“Few people in the Muslim country understood or knew the early ‘symptoms’ of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender inclinations to prevent its spread.” Education Minister, Puad Zarkashinot
Malaysia, as a Muslim state, finds the act of homosexuals to be a direct violation of God and therefore any such activity is illegal and punishable under Islamic Law.
So what are the signs that your child may be gay? According to Puad Zarkashinot there are a number of warning signs that parents should look out for and these include, but are certainly not restricted to:
Wearing V-neck sweaters.
Wearing sleeveless T-shirts.
Wearing light coloured clothing, with a particular interest in pastel colours.
Youths who like to work out and create a ‘chiseled’ physique.
All these and more are considered to be early warning signs of homosexuality and should be stopped immediately upon engaging in any such activities.
According to reports the Malaysian Government has initiated a number of seminars around the country in order to educate teachers and parents on ‘How to Spot Gay Tendencies’, and astonishingly, according to government figures, over 1,500 people attended the last seminar.
Now this all may appear draconian, arcane and even outrageous to Gay Rights activists groups but you have to remember that Malaysia is a Muslim country and therefore they follow their own faith – often to the letter.
While Western society has adopted a more open approach to homosexuality should not mean another country, with entirely different beliefs and culture, be expected to do the same.
We of talk about Human Rights and how each and every one of us should be what we want to be and openly express our nature. On that, isn’t Malaysia simply doing the same? It could be said that the Malaysian homophobia is their way of expressing their Human Rights in conjunction with their culture and religious beliefs and who are we to ridicule or damn them for such a decision?
I often wonder why we, in the West, really feel that our systems of Human Rights, is any better than those of countries like Malaysians. Homophobia is not a trait restricted to just Malaysia it carries the same incantations across the Muslim world and if we, in the West, tried to show a little more understanding, maybe many of the conflicts we have with the Muslim world wouldn’t exist.
While most of us think that homosexuality is perfectly acceptable does not, and should not, mean that every other country should follow suit. We are all different and maybe we should start to respect that a little more without passing judgment. This issue clearly lies with Malaysia and the Malaysian people and it is up to them and their individual citizens to pass judgment on the way the system is run and not from other societies with completely differing views and beliefs. Maybe it’s time that the West started to mind its own affairs and not meddle in something that has nothing to do with us.