PETALING JAYA - Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi has been asked to clarify a remark he made on homosexuality during a tourism fair in Germany.
Mohamaddin was quoted by Berlin daily Berliner Morgenpost as saying: "Homosexuality? I don't think we have such a thing in our country.
"I cannot answer whether it's safe or not."
Mohamaddin, who was in Germany this month for the ITB Berlin travel fair, was answering a question from a reporter who asked if Malaysia was a safe destination for homosexuals.
The MCA has expressed incredulity at the remarks made by Mohammaddin that homosexuality does not exist in Malaysia.
MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon (pic) said the minister had made Malaysia a laughing stock.
"He was asked by a reporter if Malaysia is safe for homosexuals. All he needed to say was that Malaysia is a safe country and every tourist is safe here.
"Instead, he made this outlandish remark that homosexuality does not exist in Malaysia.
"Malaysia does not ask or care about the sexual orientation of tourists.
"He just needed to say that tourists must respect the laws and cultural sensitivities of their host countries and it ends there," he said in a statement.
Dr Mah advised Mohamaddin to issue a clarification to explain, and hoped that the minister would not claim that he was misquoted by the media.
He said many Malaysians were now expressing doubts over the competency of a few ministers.
"It's clear that some of them are non-performers, and that they need to be dropped soon," he added.