Malaysia holds seminars to help teachers spot ‘gay children’


Light-coloured clothes and large handbags for boys listed as signs, as government forges ahead with anti-gay agenda

The Malaysian government has begun holding seminars aiming to help teachers and parents spot signs of homosexuality in children, underscoring a rise in religious conservatism in the country.

So far, the Teachers Foundation of Malaysia has organised 10 seminars across the country. Attendance at the last event on Wednesday reached 1,500 people, a spokesman for the organisation said.

“It is a multi-religious and multicultural [event], after all, all religions are basically against that type of behaviour,” said the official.

The federal government said in March that it is working to curb the “problem” of homosexuality, especially among Muslims who make up over 60% of Malaysia’s population of 29 million people.

According to a handout issued at a recent seminar, signs of homosexuality in boys may include preferences for tight, light-coloured clothes and large handbags, local media reported.

For girls, the details were less clear. Girls with lesbian tendencies have no affection for men and like to hang out and sleep in the company of women, the reports said.

Malaysia frowns on oral and gay sex, describing them as against the order of nature. Under civil law, ‘offenders’, both male and female, can be jailed for up to 20 years, caned or fined.

Written By: Reuters in Kuala Lumpur
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  1. “For girls, the details were less clear. Girls with lesbian tendencies have no affection for men and like to hang out and sleep in the company of women, the reports said.” 
    Sharp as a bowling ball, those Malaysians!

  2. So the Malaysian government has gaydar? I guess they’ve already shown they have “god-dar” by legally deeming that every ethnic Malay person is a Muslim (which puts the claim that 60% of the population is Muslim on very shaky ground). It all just helps to demonstrate that policing people’s inner state (whether belief or sexual preference) is impossible in practice and tyrannical in effect.

  3. So, you can be sent to a camp if ” spotted. ”

    Reminds me of something somewhere and sometime that was just as odious a practice.

  4. This is an Islamic initiative. Noting to do with the 40% of Malaysians that are non-Muslim. 

  5. they send ex-muslims to camp as well in the hope of reverting them back to their precious faith.

  6. But what happens to theses kids so identified?  One in 200 children is intersexed. Such primitive techniques might identify them.  Malaysia is a Muslim country with a draconian legal system.  They execute pot smokers.  However, that is the government.  I found the people very easy going.

    I get so angry at meddling busybodies who think they know better how to run other people’s lives, especially the parts that do not concern them in the least.

    Christianity and Islam could be thought of as the worship of ignorance.

  7. So, another islamic country completely divorced from scientific community, standards and practices.

  8. Any comments about a generally camp nature, once again religious lunatics who think that their stupid religion allows them to dictate to others how to live their lives.

  9. It is very sad indeed, seeing countries do this kind of thing in 2012 when many have already been through it in the 50s and 60s. Why can they not learn from the example of others?

  10. Oh dear!   The thickies posing as educators are so ignorant of child development that they have never heard of single sex teenage groups, gangs or teams!

    The male dominated segregated society is so socially incompetent at mixing with women, that the best they can manage, is to arrange for their sons to own one!

    Not only are gay relationships against dogma, but they are self selected, cutting out the need for permission from religion to have a sexual relationship.  Horrors!!!!!!!!!

  11. I’ve visited Malaysia several times when working and I was also struck by how friendly and seemingly laid back the people were.
    As you rightly say though the government is another matter altogether!
    Very sad to see this kind of evil still going on in the 21st century but alot is explained by the fact that their thinking is rooted in the 7th century.

  12. A few observations about Malaysia. They equate water with cleanliness, so a public washroom will have an inch of water on the floor. Malaysians are not very tall, and the buildings have very low ceilings. The odour of sewer pervades Kuala Lumpur. It is such a beautiful city, but it stinks. There was a pedestrian overpass over a freeway. It was completely filled with potted plants. It had an entire  team that looked after them. Even a gum stand has three attendants. There are nasty penalties for gay activity.  There are no places away from straight people for gays to meet. The behaviours they came up with to carry on right under the noses of the general public blew my mind.  Gays came on to me fairly often.  I thought that rather daring of them.  I think my height was too big an attractor to bypass.  Maybe they figured I was safe as a westerner.

  13. I’d be surprised if the people, as a whole, were actually “easy going” when it came to questions of social policy. If they were, surely the government would tend to be, in a democracy? Of course there can be a lag between public sentiment and government policy/law.

  14. Malaysia is officially a constitutional monarchy, same as Canada and Britain. However, Islam is the official state religion which does not bode well. Indonesia is a military dictatorship. Indonesia is much friendlier and laid back than Malaysia, though in many ways similar. The people seem to ignore the government. When there were riots between Christians and Muslim and the atrocities in Timor it boggled my mind.  It just seemed impossible these same people could have been involved.

    After I got back, I read a book that attempted to explain the Indonesian take on life. It told a story about an Indonesian women who had a cook who prepared some fancy pastries, with pink jellies perched on each one.  The woman realised the cook had used suppositories for the decorative jellies. She said nothing and allowed her guests to eat them, because doing otherwise would result in an unacceptable loss of face for her cook.

  15. Firstly, why the mock surprise from everyone. What else did you expect? Secondly it would be interesting to hear what the UK National Union of Teachers ( NUT ) think of this, seeing as it’s fellow teachers . They’re quite happy to demand 4 year olds attend Stalinist style re-education for alleged homophobia, or racism. I suspect it will be the usual deafening silence,” coz it’s their culture, innit!!!” 

  16. “It is a multi-religious and multicultural [event], after all, all
    religions are basically against that type of behaviour,” said the

    Yes… Yes they are…

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