The growing influence of the gay community in Malaysia prompted opposition leader Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to blame a devastating earthquake and tsunami on them.
The 7.5 magnitude quake had an estimated death toll of over 2,000 as of Oct. 22, according to the Globe Post.
“In Palu, where there was recently an earthquake and tsunami, it was said that there were more than 1,000 [people] involved in such [LGBT] activities. As a result, the whole area was crushed. This is punishment from Allah,” Zahid Hamidi said on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
LGBT activists have been criticizing Zahid Hamidi’s comments, especially since the former deputy premier was hit with a $26 million corruption suit last week, according to the Globe Post.
“Next time you hear a politician say that LGBT people are causing natural disaster[s], please remember that it’s because his career is about to be swallowed up by the earth,” Pang Khee Teik, a gay rights activist, told AFP.