Gay marriage proposal angers netizens

KOTA KINABALU: Several youth non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the state capital are urging the relevant authorities to launch an investigation into the marriage proposal between a gay couple allegedly from Tawau.

The proposal which was said to have happened in Kuala Lumpur last week, went viral on social media last week and caused an uproar among netizens in Sabah.

The couple were reported by an online portal to have individually shared their happy moment on their respective Facebook account.

Representatives from three youth NGOs yesterday lodged a police report at the district’s police headquarters in Karamunsing calling for an investigation into the matter.

Shyazreen Asri who lodged the report on behalf of the Persatuan Nur Al-Musthofaa Kota Kinabalu and Persatuan Anak Sabah Bersatu, said they wanted the police and relevant authorities to look into the case.

“To me this is not supposed to happen. We strongly object to the action of these two men and want the relevant authorities to take deterrent action against them as same sex marriage is illegal in Malaysia.

“Although the couple’s union is not legal, their action has angered netizens in Tawau and Sabah,” Shyazreen opined.

Persatuan Anak Sabah Bersatu representative Syed Alif Syed Hamid stressed that as Muslims, they object strongly to what the two men are doing.

“This police report to inform the police and urge the local authorities to take action against them. If we do not curb what they are doing, more may follow suit. We are confident that this is not allowed by any religion and this is an unhealthy culture that is why we are protesting,”  he said.

The couple, aged 28 and 26 respectively, is said to be planning to legalise their union but is undecided as to which country they will be doing it in.

Also present at the police station were Persatuan Nur Al-Musthofaa Kota Kinabalu representatives, Mohd Hafiz Marzuki and Mohd Nizamuddin Shah.

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