KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 21, 2011): An act that is consistent with the constitution of Malaysia, but inconsistent with Islam is not applicable in Malaysia, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz said yesterday.
He was commenting on Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom's statement yesterday that homosexuality was unconstitutional.
Speaking to reporters after distributing pamphlets on violence against women and children at KL Sentral, Nazri said: "I think this statement needs to be properly explained. As you all know, in the Federal Constitution, there is a general statement which states Islam is the religion of the federation, in Article 3 of the Constitution.
"What this means is that even if a certain act is within the rights of the constitution, but if that act is against Islam, then the act is inconsistent as far as Islam is concerned."
"So when Jamil said that, I think he's right. Even though a certain act is consistent with the constitution, but is not consistent with Islam, the act is not applicable in Malaysia," he said.
Jamil Khir, who oversees Islamic affairs, had yesterday said homosexuality was unconstitutional, citing Sections 377(a), (b), (c) and (d) of the Penal Code, which relate to carnal intercourse going against the order of nature.
The minister, who is also the Malaysian Department of Islamic Development (Jakim) head, said that the sections prohibited sexual intercourse between men during an interview with Utusan Malaysia.