Homosexuality and LGBTQ values contradict the traditional values we know and this is also why some countries have been combating the spread of such ideas. One example is Malaysia’s recent ban on Disney’s Lightyear from cinemas due to the inclusion of a same-sex scene.
Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia, according to Al-Ekhbariya, the country’s commerce ministry officials have ordered to remove of a range of rainbow-coloured items from shops in the capital city, Riyadh, including hair clips, pop-its, t-shirts, hats, and pencil cases.
One of the officials explained that these items are contradicting with the Islamic faith and public morals, and promote homosexual colours targeting the younger generation.
In a separate tweet, the commerce ministry added that it will be confiscating products that contain symbols and signs calling for deviation and contradicting common sense, and that shops found selling them would face legal penalties too.
In the video, a journalist can be heard saying, “The homosexuality flag is present in one of the Riyadh markets. The colours send a ‘poisoned message’ to children.”
Nonetheless, the report did not detail how many establishments were targeted or what items were seized in the commerce ministry operation.
The government of Saudi Arabia has not recognised same-sex sexual activity and it can be considered a potential capital offence in the kingdom.
Apart from that, it is also illegal for men to “behave like women” or to wear women’s clothes, and vice versa, and for anyone to carry out online activity impinging on “public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy.”
Meanwhile, their neighbouring country, Qatar had in last December announced that they had confiscated rainbow-coloured toys from shops for “bearing slogans that go against Islamic values”.
Looking back in Malaysia, same-sex sexual activity is currently prohibited under the Penal Code 1936, which criminalises acts of ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature’ and ‘gross indecency’.
One can be imposed a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment with whipping if found to have violated the code.
Historically, Malaysia has discouraged homosexuality and had taken several initiatives to ‘nurture‘ the LGBTQ community back to the right path.
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