No harassment of LGBT community will be allowed, says Anwar

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09/24/2023

PETALING JAYA: The government will not condone excessive action or harassment against those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. However, he added in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in New York on Saturday (Sept 23) that Malaysia will never recognise LGBT rights. “Muslims and non-Muslims alike, there is a consensus – they do not accept this, open public displays of this (LGBT) but do we then go and harass them? That is a different subject. I do not approve of any attempt to harass,” said Anwar. Asked about the recent ban of Swatch’s Pride watches and the possible three-year prison sentence for a person found guilty of flouting the ban, Anwar said that he could not defend all the enforcement actions and added that he would like to see that changed.

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