Jakim lodges police report against Twitter account owner regarding Mukhayyam programme

03 Aug 2020 / 18:03 H.

PUTRAJAYA: The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) today lodged a police report against a Twitter account owner (Nicole Fong) who allegedly made false and baseless allegations about the Mukhayyam programme for the Muslim lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Jakim director-general Datuk Paimuzi Yahya said the police report was lodged so that further investigations into the false allegations which were uploaded last Thursday could be conducted and to protect the good name of government agencies.

Paimuzi said in a statement today Jakim condemned the action of the individual who likened the Mukhayyam programme to western therapy practices such as using electric shock, surgery, forced marriages and corrective rape.

“Jakim is of the view that the allegations are manipulative, malicious and seen as wanting to hinder and restrict the right to freedom of religion of Muslims in the LGBT community who want to lead a better life in line with the requirements of Islamic law,“ he said.

Paimuzi stressed that the Mukhayyam programme jointly organised by Jakim and the State Islamic Religious Departments is voluntary in nature with a harmonious and holistic approach that emphasises aspects of spiritual awareness, fardhu ain (religious obligations) guidance, health awareness, motivation and career guidance.

A check on the Twitter account (@nicolefws) found that there were three tweets uploaded on the day that criticised the Mukhayyam programme, including claiming that the government wanted to put pressure on the LGBT group. — Bernama

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