PUTRAJAYA: Parents and teachers play an important role in educating children about the dangers of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) phenomenon.
Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the issues pertaining to LGBT must be addressed because they would bring negative impact to the future generation.
"It is important that parents and teachers understand this because the wayward practice is akin to an epidemic that may spread and become cancerous in the community.
"It is a threat that will invite a negative impact and spoil the fabric of society in our country," he said at a parenting seminar in handling LGBT issues yesterday.
His speech was read by the ministry's Teacher Education Division director Datuk Mohd Ghazali Ab Rahman.
Participants of the one-day seminar were teachers, headmasters, counsellors and parents.
It was organised by the Collaborative Council of Parent-Teacher Association of Putrajaya Schools led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's political secretary, Datuk Shahlan Ismail.
The aim of the seminar was to create awareness of LGBT practices and how detrimental they could be.
Puad said the seminar was the first step in addressing the threat of LGBT practices.
"Once the teachers and parents understand this problem, they will be able to stop it."
Shahlan said the main focus of the seminar was to shed light on LGBT practices.
"This is a foreign culture which does not reflect our values and must be addressed before it spreads further. The culture is like drugs, if the children are not introduced to it, they will not try it out."