Groups condemn ‘Seksualiti Merdeka’

Several non-governmental organisations yesterday condemned the “Seksualiti Merdeka 2011” event and called on the government to take stern action against the organiser.

They also called on the police to investigate the annual gathering that is said to be promoting sexuality rights of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities, saying that this could weaken the faith of Muslims.

Wira Perkasa Malaysia, the youth wing of Malay rights group Perkasa, submitted a memorandum on the matter to Inspector-General of Police at Bukit Aman police headquarters yesterday.

This came as another NGO, the Allied Coordinating Committe of Islamic NGO’s (ACCIN) filed a police report at Pantai police station, objecting the event.

Wire Perkasa Malaysia chief Irwan Fahmi Ideris said the authorities should take stern action againts the organiser before they weaken the faith of Muslims.

“Perkasa will lodge a police report soon; and we will also urge the Attorney-General to take action following the police investigations,” he told reporters after submitting the memorandum that was received by ACP Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf, representing the IGP.

The five-day Merdeka Seksualiti 2011 kicked off yesterday at the Annexe Gallery, demanding equal rights for homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals and transgenders, among others.

Ramli told reporters that police would investigate the claims by Wira Perkasa.

Brickfields OCPD ACP Wan Abdul Bari Wan Khalid confirmed that he had received the report filed by ACCIN.

In a statement, ACCIN also called on political parties and religious communities to take action against such activities.

“Homosexual relations are against the values of most religions and this has been stated by various religious institutions such as the Al-Azhar, the Vatican,

Akal Takht and religious figures such as Sheikh Alu Jumua, Archbishop Calestino Migliore and Dalai Lama,” it said.

Malaysian Youth Council president Mohamed Maliki Mohamaed Rapiee said in a statement that human rights should not be arbitrarily interpreted without any sense of responsibility, to the extent of undermining morality and noble values.

He called in the authorities to monitor the event and take stern action based on existing law.

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Ahmad Maslan described the event as “seksualiti songsang” (sexual perversion). “This is not suitable for our country. They are putting moral issues second.”

The Umno information chief said that the struggle for sexual liberation was not in line with Islam, the country’s official religion.

– Bernama