Posted on June 21, 2012


Mayhem broke out at the Dewan Rakyat this week when the 2nd Asst. Deputy Minister in the PM’s Side Office YB Datuk Dr. Hajjah Mushyotak Bte Abdullah  in reply to a supplementary question from Ngeh Ngeh Lai (PAD-Beras Hitam) during Question Time, said that clauses against discrimination in the Federal Constitution doesn’t apply to the LGBT community.

Article 8 Clause 1 guarantees that “all persons are equal before the law and entitled to the equal protection of the law”, while Clause 2 states that “there shall be no discrimination against citizens on the ground only of religion, race, descent, place of birth or gender”.

When pressed further by Ngeh Ngeh Lai, she explained that eventhough the Constitution states that there shall be no discrimination based on gender it doesn’t apply to LGBT because they are not sure of their own gender and if they are not sure, how can the government be sure and as such these group of people are unclassified and cannot be protected.

She added that since her department at the side office of the PM is relatively free of pressing duties, they have been assigned to look into how best to classify the LGBT.  She informed the House that RM30 million has been allocated to her (department) to conduct studies which would require her to travel around the world to look into this pressing matter.

Not satisfied with the answer given, Kepalapu Singh (PRK – Kenahantam) asked, “So, what does that mean? Does it mean that we can freely discriminate against LGBTs without any fear of action from the authorities?”

To that, Mushyotak answered, “Isn’t that elementary? No protection means no protection!  How to protect something that we don’t know about yet.  That is why my study trips will be so important. It is because we care that we have allotted such substantial budget to it.”

Meanwhile, taking the cue from the 2nd Asst. Deputy Minister, PERKOSA, an NGO called for a million gender-certain people rally against the LGBT.  Its president, Datuk Besar Mulut told the press that the LGBT are aliens and not part of the Malaysian culture. “These are pendatangs and they should go back to where they came from”, he said.  When asked by the press as to where the LGBTs should go back to, momentarily stumped, he said they should go back to Lesbia and Gaylang in Singapore.

When a reporter pointed out to Mulut that only 15 people turned up for his million people rally, he said that they are there in spirit and he could sense their presence. Further, he said that unlike the TakKotor rally organisers, he was considerate to the local businesses at the Dataran and instructed the million people to just attend in spirit.  He received many thank you messages from small traders thanking him that all was peaceful and quiet on that day as there was hardly a soul in sight to affect their businesses.

To add to the confusion over the 2nd Asst. deputy Minister’s statement, another group held  a peaceful protest to express their concern over possible discrimination.  The Lame, Goondu, Botak & Toothless (LGBT) handed over a memorandum after the rally to the PM’s Side Office expressing their fears that they might also be discriminated against because through circumstances beyond their control or some by choice,  they became lame. dull-minded, lost their hairs and teeth.

Meanwhile, the National Registration Department reported an increase in the number of people with the surnames Lim, Goh, Beh and Tan, applying to change their surnames for fear of future discrimination.

In view of all these ruckus, the Deputy PM in the PM’s Front Office announced that the government, being one that hear the concerns of the people, decided to extend temporary protection to the LGBT community until the 2nd Asst. Deputy Minister Mushyotak has completed her round the world study trips.  And to show how serious he is taking this matter, he would be joining her as well.

Malaysia Boleh!