Monday, April 23, 2012

3,000 turn up at anti-gay protest

SERDANG: ABOUT 3,000 people demonstrated peacefully at a stadium in Universiti Putra Malaysia yesterday to denounce free sex and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) practices.

The rally, organised by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), was attended by supporters of 18 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and students from eight institutions of higher learning.

JMM president Azwanddin Hamzah said the turnout was very encouraging.

"The rousing applause and the cheering during the speeches clearly indicate that they are against LGBT."

The two-hour rally heard leaders of Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung, Warisan Melayu and other NGOs lashing out at opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, former Bar Council president Datuk S. Ambiga and national laureate A. Samad Said for supporting the LGBT community.

"Anwar is not fit to be a leader of the country, also because of his ties with Israel," they said.

In their speeches, the NGO leaders said the students demonstrating at Dataran Merdeka demanding the abolition of the National Higher Education Fund were tools of the opposition.

Azwanddin had said the JMM did not discriminate individuals who might have been born with such tendencies, but they were against groups that were out to make it an acceptable lifestyle.

The LGBT issue first came to light last year when a group decided to organise a programme called Seksualiti Merdeka.

The event, was jointly organised by a coalition of NGOs, artistes, activists and individuals.

The group claimed they had received the support of Ambiga, Tenaganita chairman Irene Fernandez as well as opposition leaders.

Sumber: NST