Instead of bringing up relevant problems like Malaysia turning into a plastic-garbage dump for the UK, opposition leader Dato’ Seri Zahid Hamidi decided to say that it is possible that Malaysia will face God’s wrath via natural disaster due to the actions of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) community.
For the cherry on top, he also claimed that the tragic tsunami and earthquake in Palu, Indonesia that took more that 1000 human lives was considered a punishment from God. Yup, nothing to do with being in the Pacific Ring of Fire.
As much as we want the LGBT to have superpowers that can literally shake the earth, we think climate change is real. Just like how one of the most prominent Muslim leaders in Indonesia Ahmad Syafii Maarif, the former chief of the 30-million strong Muhammadiyah, expressed his surprise that such a statement could come from a Malaysian ex-minister.
Free Malaysia reported that he said, “There are geographical factors involved.” Syafii also stated that no one can claim to know God’s intentions.
Other ministers has also criticised Zahid’s statement that he made during Question Time in parliament. Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Hannah Yeoh tweeted that instead of LGBT, corruption is the biggest problem in Malaysia.
Of all the pressing issues the Opposition Leader @Zahid_Hamidi could have raised, he chose this. Corruption is the biggest social ill and immoral activity in Malaysia. State UMNO’s stance on this instead. pic.twitter.com/tjFtg4JE4s
— Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) October 23, 2018
Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman asked Zahid–who has claimed trial to 45 charges of money-laundering, criminal breach of trust and accepting bribes–what fate might befall those who stole the people’s money. “How about those who are corrupt and in cahoots with those who steal the people’s money? Will misfortune fall?” the young MP asked.
Some of the rakyat also decided to share their thoughts on the situation.. Here are a few colourful ones we found on Twitter:
End of story, we feel like the UMNO’s Islamic defence strategy is getting old, weak and… oh wait, we thought we felt the earth move under our feet.
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