31 October 2018
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 ― A senior officer from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) today sought to play down his earlier remark on the current homosexual population in the country, where the minority demographic group still faces discrimination.
Mohd Izwan Md Yusof from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) clarified that his reported remark that there are 310,000 homesexuals in the country was only a “preliminary” figure and that it had “not been finalised by the Ministry of Health Malaysia as quoted”.
The senior assistant director of Jakim’s family, social and community development division’s social unit, also gave an interpretation of “gay”.
“Gay according to the definition by Blanch Consulting, is a man that has same-sex attraction from the sexual, romantic and physical aspects.
“In relation to that, someone labelled gay is not necessarily someone who has carried out same-sex relations whether it is homosexual or sodomy. This group is just considered to have same-sex attraction,” he said in a statement.
Mohd Izwan did not explain what Blanch Consulting is, but a similar citation was provided in a 2015 Jakim document that contained definitions of the terms “lesbian”, “gay”, “bisexual” and “transgender”. The definitions were attributed to a Blanch Consulting’s 2003 piece in a journal.
Online checks show that Blanch Consulting appears to have conducted a survey of the LGBT community in Tasmania, Australia in 2003 in cooperation with the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex (GLBTI) Reference Group and with the support of the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services.
Mohd Izwan said Jakim is committed to continue carrying out efforts to explain and give guidance through the “Mukhayyam” programme to provide “spiritual intervention” for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community who wish to have guidance.
“At the same time, Jakim calls on society to strengthen the family institution together and monitor the behaviour of their children to educate and provide religious understanding as best as they can,” he added.
The Mukhayyam programme is a programme by Jakim to rehabilitate those in the LGBT community, with Mohd Izwan yesterday saying that 1,450 people had received assistance via this programme with some going on to get married, while some had changed their dressing and some are controlling themselves from returning to that lifestyle.
30 October 2018
29 October 2018
Jakim officer claims internet and boarding school reasons for rise in LGBT
GEORGE TOWN, Oct 29 — Mohd Izwan Md Yusof from Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) today blamed the internet and boarding schools as part of the reason for the rise in the number of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT).
He said there was a rise in the LGBT community in recent years as the internet has become easily available.
“Youths now have easier access to the internet, social media and mobile apps on LGBT, they are watching videos they are not supposed to watch about LGBT,” said the social and community director.
Mohd Izwan said parents should be more vigilant and monitor their children’s online activities especially when they are hiding in their rooms.
“Parents should be more aware of their children’s activities because gay tendencies can be developed at a young age due to LGBT influences,” he said during a seminar on LGBT awareness at the Caring Society Complex here.
He also blamed boarding schools as potential places for students to develop homosexual tendencies.
“These same-sex boarding schools meant the students spend a lot of time with the same sex and they might be unaware of the inappropriate influences they are exposed to especially at a young age,” he said.
He suggested that boarding schools be open only for students above 16 years old as at that age, they can differentiate between bad and good.