June 25, 2014 – Reported by GayAsiaNews – Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) said it is under pressure to remove the clause prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation from its proposed anti-discrimination law.
“The working committee of the NUCC believes strongly that this (clause) should remain, for obvious reasons. Why is LGBT considered a bad word?”said Lim Chee Wee, deputy chairman of the NUCC law and policy committee.
He admitting that his council is facing objections from a few political parties to drop the clause prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation
“Some segments in Malaysian society want to demonize the (LGBT) community,” Lim said at a June 24 press conference.
The National Unity Consultative Council was established in 2013 and is mandated by the Prime Minister to prepare a national blueprint for national unity and social cohesion.