It's None Of Utusan's Business & A Democratic Government is not elected to be a Moral Police. Values & Morality evolves and it's None of anybody business to judge one based on their personal moral benchmark. Cease the Stupidity & growing sense of Islamisation Now! Again i state that it should never be the business of the government to be a Moral Police, Morality is an individual matter.
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 15 — Utusan Malaysia today condemned a Malaysian gay pastor’s planned marriage to his partner, and demanded that the government stop it from happening.
Writing as Awang Selamat, a pseudonym used by the Umno-owned daily’s editors, the paper stressed that Malaysian society’s value system based on religious tolerance could not be compromised.
“Malaysian gay pastor Ou Yang Wen Feng’s attempt to break this value system to marry the same gender in this country has to be opposed. In fact the government has to act to block him.
“Day by day we see various attempts to destroy our value system and Pastor Ou is doing it in the open,” Awang said.
Ou Yang, 41, and his African-American partner are planning to tie the knot at the end of the month in New York and hold a reception later in Malaysia.
Ou Yang, who now serves at the Metropolitan Community Church in New York, said he planned to come back to Malaysia for holidays next year after his wedding to partner Phineas Newborn III, 47, a Broadway musical producer.
He said his “coming out” took place in 2006 after nine years of childless union with his now ex-wife, whom he described as an “angel”. Ou Yang grew up in a conservative Christian family.
Ou Yang, a former columnist with Sin Chew Daily, is currently in Hong Kong promoting his book on homosexuality and Christianity.
Same-sex marriages in New York state became legal on July 24 under the Marriage Equality Act. The new law makes New York the largest state in the US where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed, giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born.
Other states in the US that permit same-sex marriages are Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.
Gays and lesbians’ rights are not recognised in Malaysia. The country retains a colonial-era penal code criminalising sodomy. Social attitudes towards the gay community are also shaped by Islam, the official religion in Malaysia. (This Draconian BULLSHIT MUST END!!!)
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is currently facing sodomy charges for the second time in his life. He was charged with sodomy and corruption in 1998 after he was sacked from the Cabinet, and was later convicted and jailed for both offences.
Although being gay is frowned upon in Malaysia as well as in most Asian countries, more homosexuals are coming out in the open.
In a diplomatic note to Washington DC that was leaked by whistleblower site Wikileaks through the Malaysia Today website, US Ambassador James R. Keith had said a recent Cabinet member and some of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s senior aides would have found themselves under investigation for homosexual “behaviour” if the government were on a morals campaign”.
“His openness will not succeed if the authorities have a strong fortress. If the authorities move aggressively, then such problems can be handled,” Utusan Malaysia said today of the gay pastor’s plans.
The mouthpiece for the largest party in the ruling coalition also blamed the social media network which has also been used to “cultivate a perverse culture” among our youths, saying that “this phenomenon is worrisome”.
“So, Awang is pleading to all parties, Islamic NGOs to look into this issue seriously. Seminars regarding this phenomenon should be organised so a rescue formula will be shaped.
“If in the ‘60s we speak of the incoming flow of the hippie and yellow culture from the West, a more dangerous inflow is now increasingly infiltrating our system. The inflow is trying to break our faith fortress,” the paper said.
And i like these comments very much:
redfaceindian 18 hours ago Report Abuse
Who is Utusan to talk about morals ?, when its own morals are in the "longkang". Belum bankrupt ke, UTUSAN ni? The pastor is getting married in the US and not in Malaysia, he will hold a reception later in Malaysia. What laws has he broken? UTUSAN thinks Malaysia is a communist country? We are a democratic country la, UTUSAN. Lagi baik untuk Malaysia, kalau UTUSAN tutup kedai dan pi jual goreng pisang!
Just me 17 hours ago Report Abuse
I totally agree with redfaceindian : they are not getting married in Malaysia - they are just celebrating their union here. So they have not broken any of our archaic, outdated laws. So what is the big issue about it all? We have other bigger problems in the country - so don't get your panties in a bunch for a non-issue like this.Besides, they have done something (maybe not agreeable or acceptable to some parties), and now they wish to celebrate and share their joy with those who support them and are also happy for them.
They are not breaking any laws, they are not organizing a street party or a rally - so why should anyone interfere? What right would anyone have to stop them from holding a reception party?Our laws in Malaysia need to be updated - but that off course will be a long way off because while many in the country talk about tolerance and acceptance, and of a loving and caring society, most of them only do so in lip service - in actual fact, they do not know the real meaning of tolerance hence they are totally unable to understand, let alone practise it.
So until then, just stop making an issue out of this and instead, be happy that someone else has found joy and happiness in his life. If Malaysia is truly a tolerant society, let it show - but that of course will be an insurmountable challenge for those who are in truth bigots, just wearing a cloak of tolerance.