KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 — Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi reportedly said he did not believe there were gay people in Malaysia.
German daily Berliner Morgenpost reported that Mohamaddin, who is also Silam MP from Warisan, avoided questions by German press about Malaysia’s immigration policy on Jews and gay people during a press conference on the ITB Berlin 2019 travel fair.
When asked if Malaysia was safe for gay people, Mohamaddin was quoted saying: “I think we do not have such a thing in our country.”
A Green Party politician has reportedly criticised the selection of Malaysia as a partner country for the ITB Berlin travel trade show, after Putrajaya refused to allow entry to Israeli athletes participating in the 2019 World Para-Swimming Championships scheduled in Kuching, Sarawak, this July.
The International Paralympic Committee later stripped Malaysia of hosting rights to the international competition for athletes with disabilities.