The Malaysian government should focus more on addressing LGBT - lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender - issues instead of on the recent controversy where an 11-year-old girl was wedded to a 41-year-old man, said a Kelantan state official on Wednesday (July 4). Deputy Menteri Besar of Kelantan Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said the issues of LGBT and illicit sex were greater compared with the child bride case, which he described as isolated. "This issue (child marriage) is not wrong in terms of religion (Islam)... it should not be sensationalized and made a national issue and this case is an isolated case," said Datuk Mohd Amar. "Not everyone marries an 11-year-old child but the LGBT issue, illicit sex and having children out of wedlock are rampant everywhere, so much so that these have become a phenomenon in the country. This should be a concern to the government and society," he said.
July 5 / Straits Times