Perlis mufti: Siti Kasim 'makes noise' but will she attend an open dialogue?

Muhammad Mustakim Ramli

KANGAR: Perlis Mufti, Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, once again invited controversial lawyer Siti Kasim to have an open dialogue to discuss on issues pertaining the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group.

He said Siti Kasim had been making noise on LGBT issues, giving an impression that her support, along with the group’s, was the reason for today’s government to be in power.

“We have previously invited her to an open dialogue on issues on Islam in Malaysia, but she refused to attend it.

“The dialogue was organised in line with the spirit of new Malaysia that promotes mature dialogue as a platform to nurture people’s thinking.

“Today, she makes noises on LGBT, as if it was (specifically) her vote as well as those from the LGBT group that enabled today’s government to rule (the country),” he said in a statement uploaded to Facebook page DrMAZA.com today.

Mohd Asri said the language used by Siti Kasim showed immaturity if one was to look at it from the perspective of the eastern culture with good mannerisms and grace.

He expressed concern that such character portrayed by Siti Kasim was being watched by children.

“Once again, I suggest that Siti Kasim is brought to an open dialogue platform (to discuss) on LGBT issues. I hope that there are quarters who can organise such dialogue.

“I believe that they are a lot of scholars or social activists that can be selected to represent the voice of the majority who do not accept LGBT. Maybe ustaz (preacher) Salman Ali is still willing to have such dialogue,” read the statement.

He said if there was no organiser to come forward hold the discourse, his office would invite Siti Kasim for an open and fair dialogue. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd