MALAYSIA - DATUK Seri Noh Omar (BN-Tanjung Karang) created a stir when he said that the greatest threat to Malaysia are religious conflicts and the spread of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT).
He went on to ask Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR-Lembah Pantai) on her views on sodomy, prompting heated exchanges between the Government and Opposition MPs.
Several Opposition MPs protested Noh's line of questioning, with Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Baru) saying that Noh was being rude and sexist.
When asked by Deputy Speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee to explain his statement, Noh replied: "Yes, I made the statement. But I just wanted to know whether she supported sodomy. I am not accusing her of sodomy. If I had actually said that, I would have withdrawn it."
The former Agriculture and Agro-based Industy Minister said the Government must take immediate measures to curb such social problems, including what he said was a move made by a group of NGOs to promote LGBT rights at the United Nations.
"We are also debating about human rights. We should support human rights, but we cannot support LBGT as it is against Islamic principles.
"Even cattle knows how to choose its correct mate," he said while debating the amendments to the Security Offences (Special Measures Act) during its second reading.
Noh slammed the NGO which went to the UN to promote LBGT rights, which he said had amounted to insulting the Malaysian Constitution and undermining Islam.