Deputy PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says that more counsellors need to be trained to curb homosexuality in his country, reports The Sun Daily.

Muhyiddin was speaking at the launch of the National Counselling, Education and Career Carnival and Improving Professional Counselling seminar at Universiti Putra Malaysia on Wednesday.

He said that counsellors today face challenges including learning “counselling skills for those faced with sexuality problems which threatens the integrity of the family institution.”

“The symptoms of sexual orientation disorder like LGBT, which was previously faced by the Western society are now faced in our society also.”

He went on to say: “I believe that through an effective counselling approach, we will be able to curb this negative phenomenon from spreading in our community.”

Last month a Malaysian MP urged the government to launch a “homosexual rehabilitation centre” in order to stop the “rampant” spread of homosexuality.

Homosexuality is criminalised under federal law in Malaysia with punishments including fines, whippings and imprisonment of up to 20 years.

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