"The Information Department has banned shows featuring gay characters, Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D'Cruz confirmed. He said the ban was effective immediately but would only start with state-owned TV and radio stations.
"If it means canceling some of the shows, so be it," he told The Star Friday, adding that the decision was to curb the "influence" of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community."
Predictably the story is whipping up a frenzy of anti-Muslim, anti-Malay comments. Just one thing. Free Malaysia Today says it's not true.
"...speaking to FMT, Information, Communications and Culture Deputy Minister Maglin Dennis D’Cruz said that his ministry had not ordered gays to be taken off the air.
“There is no directive. Only the minister (Rais Yatim) can (issue) a directive. Because if it was a directive, it would have come to us, and all the senior officials (in the ministry) immediately… I think it was (done) by an individual,” he said.
"At the same time, Maglin added that the ministry had no intention of stopping gays, transsexuals or effeminate men from appearing on radio or television.
“These people are everywhere, and they’re also human beings. Nobody has the right to stop them or anything, because we also respect them as human beings.
“Don’t humiliate them. Who says they can’t act in movies? Nobody says that they can’t act… If they want to be an engineer, lawyer, actor, whatever they want to do, we (will) help them,” he said.
"Later in the day, Maglin’s boss, Rais Yatim was quoted by Bernama as saying that no ban existed on the portrayal of LGBT characters on state-owned television channels."
Yesterday, the PBS NewsHour aired a report:
The day before yesterday, Voice of America ran this story:
Last month AP filed a similar story Uganda's Gays See Progress in Public Opinion War.
One irrefutable positive step is that Uganda's LGBT community has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Massachusetts against antigay American evangelist Scott Lively for promoting violence against them. Among other complaints, they say on his 2009 visit Lively helped draft the notorious Kill the Gays legislation. Lively dismisses the case as "frivolous."