Tourism Minister Reportedly Told A German Broadcaster There Are No Homosexuals In Malaysia
Tourism, Arts, and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi reportedly told a German broadcaster that there are no homosexuals in Malaysia
"Homosexuality? I don't think we have anything like that in our country," he allegedly responded.
An aide to the minister has since defended his remarks, saying that the Warisan leader was likely reiterating Putrajaya's stance that "LGBT are not recognised" in Malaysia
Prior to the ITB fair, German Green Party politician Volker Beck protested over Malaysia's involvement in the event as "homophobia and antisemitism cannot be a partner country"
His comment came after Malaysia refused entry to Israel athletes participating in the World Para Swimming Championship 2019, which had been slated to be held in Kuching, Sarawak in July.
The refusal to grant visa to the Israelis led to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) stripping Malaysia of hosting rights for the tournament, Free Malaysia Today reported.
Last week, the Minister of Tourism, Art, and Culture announced that there will be a competition to re-design the controversial Visit Malaysia 2020 Campaign logo: