The statement also reiterated that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Departmet Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (picture) had also repeatedly stressed that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) lifestyle would not be recognised in this country. (NSTP/HALIMATON SAADIAH SULAIMAN)

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister’s Department in a statement today criticised the Piala Tun Razak 2019 English debating championship for disregarding Muslim sensitivities and questioning the Quran.

“Although a statement of apology has been made, the office views the issue seriously as the topics were unacceptable to be debated, while having a blatant disregard of Muslims’ sensitivities.

“Furthermore, the statement issued by the debate championship’s head of jury on ‘re-publishing’ a new version of the Quran was completely unacceptable.”

The statement also questioned the rationale behind the selection of topics.

“There are so many other relevant issues that could be debated, such as corruption, accountability and justice.

“Why were the controversial topics picked instead?”

The statement also reiterated that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Departmet Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa had also repeatedly stressed that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) lifestyle would not be recognised in this country.

It also highlighted a chapter in Quran from Al-Ankabut (verses 80 to 84) that clearly addressed homosexuality in the story of Prophet Lot and his people.

“Therefore, the focus of the debate should have been on nation building topics instead of what had happened in the controversial Piala Tun Razak 2019 English debating championship recently.”