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TORIES BOYCOTT MALAYSIAN RECEPTION FOLLOWING PM'S 'DRACONIAN' COMMENTS

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Brian Coleman, the Conservative's spokesman on equalities on the Greater London Assembly, today reacted angrily to ...
Brian Coleman, the Conservative's spokesman on equalities on the Greater London Assembly, today reacted angrily to Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad's warning that any gay minister taking a male partner to Malaysia would be thrown out of the country. Tearing up his ticket to an event hosted by Malaysia's minister of culture that he has been due to attend this evening, he stated:

'I am sickened and disgusted to hear this draconian rubbish coming from the prime minister of a sophisticated country such as Malaysia. The fact that any politician anywhere can still make comments like this is unnerving, but for a country so keen to promote itself as a tourist destination it is astounding in equal measure.'

The invitation sent to Brian Coleman for tonight's event implores its recipients to 'join us for a glimpse of paradise', boasting that Malaysia 'offers something for everyone'. Apparently not for homosexual visitors however, who could receive some of the most severe penalties anywhere in the world where same-sex relations are considered an offence.

Cllr Coleman has written to the Malaysian high commissioner and to the minister of culture, arts and tourism in order to register his anger at Mr Mohamad's comments and to clarify the government's official stance on the issue.

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