MALAYSIA - Contract marriages and the culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) rights surfaced during the debates, with calls to the Home Ministry to nip these issues via the Ops Cantas crackdown.
Sabah Umno delegate Datuk Arifin Mohd Arif wanted the Government to monitor the Syiah movement in local universities, especially on the mut'ah (contract) marriages that the sect allegedly advocated and believed to be spreading among undergraduates.
He claimed that many students got married for just one or two semesters before divorcing, adding that they got hitched "just to be together outside the class" and would divorce once they had completed their education.
"We want the authorities to look into this," he said, when debating the motion on religion and education.
Perlis delegate Ramli Sharif urged the Government to take stern action against the Coalition of Malaysian NGO's (Comango) that allegedly promoted the LGBT culture.
"We want our vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (who is Home Minister) to curb the problem by extending the Ops Cantas to the group," he said.
Meanwhile, Johor Speaker Abdul Mutalib Adul Rahim warned that Malaysians had inadvertently become "customers of businesses run by certain deviant groups".
"Before, the deviants operated underground. Now, they openly challenge the authorities."
Wanita Umno delegate Sharifah Maznah Syed Kassim claimed that Friday sermons were being used to speak ill of the Government, urging action against those who did this.
Sharifah Maznah chided male delegates for making tulang (bone) jibes after party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said in his presidential address that he recognised Wanita Umno as the tulang belakang or backbone of the party.
Kelantan delegate Ahmad Termizi Musa proposed that the Education Ministry established national religious secondary schools (SMKA) in every parliamentary constituency in the state while Umno Youth representative Armizan Mohd Ali said the Government should ensure that the national education development plan 2013-2025 was "here to stay" even if another minister were to take over the Education Ministry.
"If that (change) happens, it will only burden and confuse teachers and students."