Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chua: Sexual preference a private decision as long as it harms no one


Macam mana ni kita? 
Zaman kian menghampiri keruntuhan ketamadunannya. Kebebasan hak asasi manusia yang telah lama diperjuangkan di barat ini kian melanda negara. Dengan sistem ekonomi barat yang kucar kacir. Maka jelaslah barat sedang mengalami kejatuhan tamadun. Jadi, tidaklah patut untuk sesiapa dari kita mengambil contoh dari mereka melainkan berpegang pada perinsip agama dengan kefahaman aqidah yang mantap. 

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KUALA LUMPUR: Just like religion, sexual preference is a “very individual thing”, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said.
“If you want to be gay, bisexual or (have) any sexual preference, and if it does not harm anybody, you are entitled to that choice.
“If you want to practise and enjoy the freedom in terms of a festival, then it attracts a lot of attention and people may not be very happy,” he said at a press conference here yesterday.
Dr Chua was commenting on the Seksualiti Merdeka event, which was scheduled to begin today and run until Nov 13 at Central Market's Annexe Gallery.
A talk on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the workplace, scheduled last Thursday, was stopped after police announced a ban on all programmes related to Seksualiti Merdeka.
Dr Chua said the organiser must be sensitive as there may be certain segments of the community that might not be able to accept such an event.
“If they want to organise it like a festival that runs for days, it may provoke people who may not agree with it,” Dr Chua said.
However, he added that while the voice of the majority must be heard, the views of the minority should be respected, too.
Meanwhile, PKR said it supported the right to freedom of expression although the party maintained a neutral stance on Seksualiti Merdeka.
“We neither support nor condemn Seksualiti Merdeka.
“But the issue is their freedom to express themselves,” party adviserDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
However, he said this was PKR's view as the issue had yet to be specifically discussed among Pakatan Rakyat's component parties.
Anwar added that the authorities should engage with those involved in the movement.
He also said it was unfair to target Bar Council chairman Datuk S. Ambiga, who had been invited to launch the event.
“Why go after Ambiga and harass her in this manner?
“Pakatan is strongly opposed to the way she was abused and insulted,” Anwar added.
Police have since recorded statements from Ambiga, Tenaganitaexecutive director Irene Fernandez, Empower Malaysia executive director Maria Chin Abdullah and Seksualiti Merdeka co-founder Pang Khee Teik.

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