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Author versus former MP over Perkasa’s LGBT boycott

Tawfik-Ismail

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – July 5, 2017: An author and a former parliamentary have been engaging in a cyber confrontation following a suggestion for the government to boycott businesses that support the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Gopal Raj Kumar, the author of the soon-to-be published book, Shadow War, took it to Facebook to refute a sarcastic objection from former Sungai Benut MP, Mohamed Tawfik Ismail, against the Perkasa boycott call three days ago.

Gopal needled Tawfik, who is the son of former deputy prime minister Tun Dr. Ismail Abdul Rahman, after the latter derided Perkasa’s argument that purchasing goods and services from companies supporting LGBT can affect the faith of Muslims.

Tawfik had accused Perkasa of calling for the boycott just to remain relevant as a Malay rights pressure group.

“If someone can prove that Ibrahim Ali’s (Perkasa president) prayer mat was woven by a gay weaver, are his prayers invalid?” asked Tawfik.

This did not go down well with Gopal.

“This is what happens when you come from privilege and have little else to offer,” wrote Gopal in response to Tawfik’s view.

Gopal further argued that the LGBT community should not try to force society to accept their way of life as being normal

“This is where gay people have problems. They hide their outrageous behaviour under the umbrella of human rights without regard for anyone else’s rights.

“They are too often wanting to exhibit their mutant sexuality to everyone, then demanding respect and rights,” he wrote.

Gopal also argued that Tawfik should not have used Islamic metaphors in defending decadent western values as the two are simply incompatible.

When contacted, Tawfik said it was difficult for him to respond further to Gopal’s argument as he found the latter’s opinion to be too confusing.

“It’s difficult to comment when he’s not focused in his mind. I don’t really get his point,” was Tawfik’s text message to The Mole.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.