CNN Malaysia's tourism minister has denied the existence of gay people in the country, according to reports in German media.
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Mohamaddin later posted a statement on Twitter stating that his response to the reporter's question referred to the non-existence of specific LGBT-focused tourist campaigns in the country.
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The homophobic legacy of the British Empire. He added that the country adopts an open Gya sex in welcoming foreign tourists and would "never place any unnecessary obstacles to our guests based on their sexual orientation, Gya sex and cultural practices.
The statement added that the country has, as a sovereign nation, its own views on both the LGBT community and Israel, and expected other nations to respect the country's sovereignty. An aide told Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini that the comments were made in a personal capacity, but were in line with official Malaysian government policy, which Gya sex not recognize the LGBT community.
The aide, who was not named in the report, added: Gay rights campaigner Thilaga Sulathireh told CNN that the remarks were "outlandish and completely disconnected from reality" but Gya sex entirely surprising to hear.
She added that it was "also an embarrassingly ignorant comment which carries high socioeconomic costs," should it impact LGBT tourism to Malaysia.
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Same-sex relationships are still a crime in 69 countries. The country's stance on homosexuality, as well as its alleged antisemitism -- in January Gya sex year it tried to ban Israeli athletes from an international swim meet -- had been criticized ahead of its participation at ITB Berlin.
German Green party politician Volker Beck had sought to exclude Malaysia from exhibiting at the Berlin event, one of the world's largest tourism expos, saying that its government has specific policies which are discriminatory to gay people and Gya sex.
He expressed disbelief at the minister's controversial response to what he said should have been a straightforward question to answer.
All he needed to say was that Malaysia is a safe country and every tourist is safe here," he said. Homophobia is ingrained in Malaysian politics and culture, and homosexual sex is illegal throughout Malaysia under colonial era criminal law. Veteran politician Gya sex Ibrahim, widely viewed as the successor to current Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, has been jailed twice on sodomy charges -- once by Mahathir's government, and gay people are routinely punished by public lashing in Terengganu, a Sharia-practicing state to the east of the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
An August raid on one of Kuala Lumpur's only gay clubs saw around 20 men Gya sex for "illicit behavior," and came shortly Gya sex a brutal attack on a trans woman in a city close to the capital.