Soon after the historic decision of the Kuala Lumpur High Court
on 9th January 2012
to absolve Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim of the sodomy allegation,
UMNO-owned and controlled media wasted no time
in spinning their all too typical web of lies and slanders.
In the past week their efforts have added another allegation
to their expanding stable of lies
that Dato’ Seri Anwar is condoning
the practice of homosexuality in this country.
This vicious lie purportedly based on his statement
during an interview with the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
is far from reality when the actual transcription of the interview
is analysed as reproduced below:
“We will have to review archaic laws and we,
Muslims and non Muslims generally believe
and committed to support
the sanctity of marriage between man and woman in Malaysia.
But we should not be seen as punitive
and consider the archaic laws as relevant.
We need to review them.
We do not promote homosexuality
in public sphere and domain.
We will not make apologies towards that.
I think to use this sort of legislation to be punitive,
punish innocent people cannot be condoned and be tolerated.”
From his response to the BBC,
it is very clear that Dato’ Seri Anwar
holds the sanctity of marriage in the highest regards
as a matter of faith and principle being a Muslim.
He had also stated in an absolutely uncompromising position
that he, Parti Keadilan Rakyat and Pakatan Rakyat
will never engage in the organization,
approval or legitimising homosexuality.
However Dato’ Seri Anwar is of the opinion
that that outdated laws not based on the syariah
and oppressing the people need to be reviewed.
He had expressed his fear that these
archaic and repressive laws
are wantonly used by the government
in power to justify its used against anybody it wishes.
I, therefore urge that reference must be made
to Dato Seri Anwar’s actual text of the interview
and not fall into the trap waylaid by the Umno-controlled media.
No one should lend his or her support
to the dissemination of this sinister and evil propaganda
even in the name of Islam
for the teachings of this great religion in no certain terms forbids such an act.
YB HJ AHMAD BIN KASIM,
Member of Parliament, Kuala Kedah
Chairman, Enhancement of Religious Understanding Bureau, Parti Keadilan Rakyat.