PUTRAJAYA — Sept. 21, 2018: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today reminded the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) that Malaysia cannot accept all matters regarded as human rights by the West, including same-sex marriages, because the value system here is unlike that in the West.
“In Malaysia, there are certain things we cannot accept although these are now regarded as human rights in Western countries.
“We cannot accept lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) and same-sex marriages,” Mahathir remarked after chairing a meeting of the Special Cabinet Committee on Anti-Corruption.
He pointed out that the concept of a family in the country remains intact, meaning a couple comprising a man and a woman and children or adopted children while a same-sex couple is not recognised as a family.
According to Mahathir, the meeting agreed with a proposal for the Suhakam Act to be amended to empower the commission, including power in terms of enforcement and mediation.
Suhakam has also requested for its annual report to be debated in Parliament. — Bernama