PETALING JAYA: Social activist Marina Mahathir has chided Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's remarks on those who support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
The eldest daughter of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad took to Twitter when the Women, Family and Community Development Minister had said in an interview with radio station BFM that she would not condone the LGBT community lifestyle, adding that it was haram (forbidden).
Marina tweeted, "Dear @drwanazizah, did you just call a lot of people including me who have shown the slightest bit of compassion towards marginalized people in our society haram??"
She also posted on Twitter a link to Nikkei Asian Review's article which featured PKR-elect president Anwar Ibrahim, quoting him as saying: “Malaysian society must live with different beliefs and ways of life and must respect people who are different, including gays, bisexuals and those who identify as transgender.”
Marina had previously hit out at Dr Wan Azizah when the latter said no criminal action could be taken against a 41-year-old man over his marriage with a 11-year-old girl in Kelantan.
"How much more watertight evidence do we need? This 41-year-old man has been interested in her since she was 7 and married her at 11....that’s all the evidence you need!!!" Marina wrote in her Facebook account.