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25 Apr 2016

LGBT can’t become cops, says Malaysian official

A Deputy Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Datum Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim, has said that openly LGBT persons should not be employed in the police force, even if they are qualified.

One of Malaysia’s top police officials has said that the “LGBT culture” cannot be accepted in the country owing to community and cultural sentiments and that for this reason openly LGBT should not be employed by the police force.

Noor Rashid was responding to a question from media on whether the police force in Malaysia would change in line with changing times and the growing acceptance of such people in the West and even in India.

“Till today, the LGBT culture is not accepted in this country, so based on that principle, we still maintain the current quota for men and women,” Noor Rashid told a press conference here at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Jalan Semarak.

“If they have the qualification, they have to adhere to the practices accepted in this country.”

The remarks were followed by an editorial in Malay daily Utusan Malaysia in which editors said they agreed with the police’s decision to refuse LGBT recruits, claiming that religious principles and traditional values remain central in the country.

“The development in several Western countries that opened up recruitment to this group and the latest in India involving the acceptance of an LGBT candidate as police officer, is not a motivation that requires Malaysia to take a similar step,” it said.

The editorial, which was published under the collective pseudonym of Awang Selamat, went on to suggest that rejecting LGBT candidates may be difficult.

“It is difficult to detect the characteristics of some of the LGBT [candidates] during interview sessions and the probation period, as well as in tough training,” it said.

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-04-25 19:09  
It must be terribly frustrating for these nasty bigots that they cannot pick absolutely all LGBT candidates. Perhaps they need to pray harder?
2. 2016-04-25 23:05  
No mincing allowed.
3. 2016-04-26 00:28  
Electro Shock should be mandatory for the treatment of homophobic government officials not only in Malaysia but around the world. You would see the change in their attitude and thinking immediately. After all that is what "they" use on members of the LGBT community in some countries and "they" say it is justified and it works! Lets reverse the tables; Shall we?
4. 2016-04-26 00:48  
Mr IGP you are just a bigot and very narrow minded :(
5. 2016-04-26 03:58  
Why should anybody want to work for a police force which represses his/her community?
6. 2016-04-26 06:08  
Unreal. Been a gay police officer for 30 years and policed many difficult areas. I am retired Sergeant after also being elected as the President of one of the larges police unions in the country. Be happy to take on the Deputy in shooting range, streets or the boardroom for that matter. Want to change the culture change the law. Glad I was born in Canada. :)
7. 2016-04-26 09:58  
Sad that this stuck-up has still lived in a 19 century and refused to grow up and move on.
8. 2016-04-26 13:08  
Greetings 'Jamesbond70' !!!
So very much has changed for the better for RainBow Communities in Canada since I left 48 years ago. Now if you could only dispose of the icy winters ... ;-)
9. 2016-04-27 05:27  
good for Noor Rashid to air his views.

bad for fridae to, yet again, have a misleading headline.

lgbt can still join the police. Rashid is only saying they shouldn't, in his view.

educate the electorate. let them decide.

change takes time.

move if you cant wait.
10. 2016-04-28 19:20  
But they will accept Gay Tourists Money there it boggles the mind!
11. 2016-05-05 17:03  
Malaysia (mostly in Kuala Lumpur) do have gay saunas, gay massage parlour and gay bars. One such bar has existed for many years right in the heart of the city. Those who are in control does not like gays but they'll be very glad to accept a bribe to let such establishments to continue to exist although they do have regular raids. Such is the hypocrisy and rampant practice of corruption in this country. I guess as long as they are happy to accept a bribe, these establishment can continue to exist.
Comment edited on 2016-05-05 17:05:59
12. 2016-05-07 09:29  
Yes and muslims can get a prescription from their doctor for alcohol!
13. 2016-05-09 20:04  
Deputy Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Datum Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim is closed LGBT?
14. 2016-05-09 20:08  
i can not teach you here in public, what is Religion that will make you very surprised
that is not written yet and no published yet, and none ever tell about it
Comment edited on 2016-05-09 20:09:58
15. 2016-05-09 20:13  
LGBT culture is not accepted in this country = all existing problems are not caused by Gay or Gays are not deserve to get blaming for any problems because Gays are in "prison" that clear and public should know
Comment edited on 2016-05-09 20:15:16

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