Again, ignore the LGBT issue. It’s a trap

TFF: Believe me, the LGBT issue is a ploy contrived by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his men long ago to fan the flames of hatred among the people.

On the 20th of August 2018, I wrote:

We have legitimate reason to believe that Dr Mahathir Mohamad issued a directive for Pakatan Harapan leaders to play up the LGBT issue.

The purpose of the directive is to shift conversations away from the coalition’s many failures and blunders, including Daim Zainuddin’s failed China trip, Japan’s refusal to extend Malaysia a loan, China’s decision to impose a temporary ban on new deals with Malaysia and Pakatan’s failure to fulfil its election manifesto within a hundred days.

Ten additional reasons have since developed for the LGBT issue to be played up, including the Malaysia-China diplomatic bomb that exploded right in Mahathir’s face during his recent trip to China.

Mahathir is yearning for a national scale street protest by or before November 2018.

The minute that happens, he will trigger a nationwide swoop before announcing that “all measures taken by Pakatan to ensure freedom of speech and expression have failed.”

He will blame the Najib administration for bringing about “a moral decay to our society” and will probably accuse the former premier of planning the protest himself.

He will then convince the rakyat that the government needs to “temporarily” enforce strict laws to keep in check “peace and harmony” until such a time that order is restored.

As we speak, he already has a new Bill drafted that will see to the return of ISA or a similar law under an emergency resolution he plans to table in parliament.

So please, ignore the LGBT issue.

And if you need a frank assessment of the irony that is Dr Mahathir Mohamad, read this recent posting by Raja Petra Kamarudin.

Seriously, no one writer could have said it better than him:

You Can Execute A Woman But Do Not Cane Her

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday denounced the caning of two Muslim women for attempting lesbian sex, a sentence that sparked outrage and raised fears about the treatment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The women had pleaded guilty to charges under Islamic laws forbidding lesbian sex. They were caned on Monday in front of dozens of people at a sharia court in Terengganu, a conservative state in the east, prompting an outcry from human rights activists, who described the punishment as torture.

Mahathir’s government has appeared divided about the LGBT community, while the premier himself had been silent on the caning and recent attacks on transgender people and marginalised groups in the Muslim-majority country.

In a video posted on his Twitter account, Mahathir said the caning “did not reflect the justice or compassion of Islam.”

It was the women’s first offence, he said, which warranted a lighter sentence, such as counselling.

“This gives a bad impression of Islam,” the 93-year-old leader said. “It is important that we show Islam is not a cruel religion that likes to impose harsh sentences to humiliate others.”

The LGBT community is routinely persecuted in Malaysia, where it is seen as a threat to conservative values.

Mahathir’s government swept into power in May after campaigning on a reform agenda, but has been unconvincing in its handling of matters relating to race, religion and minorities in the multi-racial country.

The caning followed a series of incidents in recent weeks that civil rights groups say illustrate growing hostility against gay and transgender people.

Last month, a gay bar in Kuala Lumpur was raided by police and religious enforcement officials, while a transgender woman was beaten up by a group of assailants in Seremban, near the capital.

The minister in charge of Islamic affairs also came under fire, including from other ruling party lawmakers, after he ordered the removal of portraits of two LGBT activists from an art exhibition.

Malaysia describes oral and anal sex as against the order of nature. Civil law stipulates jail for up to 20 years, caning and fines for offenders, although enforcement of the law is rare.

Muslims are also governed by state-level Islamic laws, most of which carry provisions outlawing same-sex acts.

Source: NST Online

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