KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Tourism Minister caused consternation in Germany while he allegedly said there are no gays in Malaysia .
Based on German broadcaster Deutsche Welle , Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi – who was in the European union nation for the ITB Berlin travel reliable – was requested by the German press whether Malaysia will delightful gays .
“I don’t think we have anything like that in our country,” he said.
Datuk Mahathir, expressing disbelief at the remarks, criticised the Parti Warisan Sabah leader’s ability to field questions from the media.
“He was asked by a reporter if Malaysia is safe for homosexuals. All he needed to say was that Malaysia is a safe country and every tourist is safe here,” said Dr Mahathir.
He said that Mr Mohamaddin had instead made an “outlandish” remark that homosexuality does not exist in Malaysia.
“Malaysia does not ask or care about the sexual orientation of tourists. He just needed to say every tourist must respect the laws and cultural sensitivities of their host countries and it ends there,” Dr Mahathir said in a statement.