Published: Saturday September 15, 2012 MYT 3:25:00 PM
Updated: Saturday September 15, 2012 MYT 4:49:11 PM
Education Ministry denies endorsing gay guidelines
KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has denied endorsing a guideline on how to spot gay and lesbian schoolchildren.
In a three-paragraph statement posted on its official Facebook page on Saturday, it said the ministry had never endorsed such guidelines to be published and circulated in schools by any party.
It added that the parenting seminar on the issue of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) held in Penang on Thursday attended by Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi was organised by "concerned” NGOs.
"Nonetheless, the ministry views cases of social ills in the community seriously and will always give guidance directly and indirectly to all school children to ensure that they stay away from unhealthy activities," said the statement.
The guidelines, originally reported by a Chinese daily, has been met with outrage and ridicule from social media users.
The story was also picked up by prominent foreign news sites. It was reported that the guidelines published by Yayasan Guru Malaysia Bhd and Putrajaya Consultative Council of Parents and Teachers Associations had listed "symptoms" of gays and lesbians.
It stated that gays had muscular bodies and were prone to showing off their physique by wearing v-neck t-shirts and sleeveless clothes, and that they liked to carry big handbags.
Lesbians, the guidelines said, enjoyed the company of other women, including having meals and sleeping with them.
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