Deputy Islamic Affairs Minister Fuziah Salleh should tender a proper open apology for her remark that transexuals should use toilets meant for the disabled, veteran disabled rights activist Anthony Thanasayan said.
Anthony, a former Petaling Jaya City Council member, said Fuziah's reported apology made during a meeting with TV personality Ras Adiba Radzi and several others last night does not suffice.
"Ras Adiba does not represent all disabled people in Malaysia. I am not even a member of her group - neither does she have my condition which is spina bifida.
"Our disabilities are worlds apart. She has no clue about my disability and what it feels like to live with it. This applies to many, many other wheelchair users who are affected differently with their personal disabilities," Anthony said in a statement today.
He reiterated his early position that Fuziah's statement has led able-bodied LGBTIQ and others into thinking they have a right to use wheelchair-friendly toilets.
"The deputy minister's statement has deeply hurt and affected hundreds of thousands of wheelchair-using Malaysians in the country. Fuziah should do the most honourable thing by apologising and retracting her words with an official statement as a deputy minister.
"Fuziah should not think that it is okay to call a few disabled into her room to say she is sorry and expect to get away with it," he said.
Why Wan Azizah, Hannah Yeoh keeping mum?
Anthony also lashed out at Deputy Prime Minister and Women's and Family Development Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her deputy Hannah Yeoh for keeping mum on Fuziah's comment.
"Is this how they and Pakatan Harapan intend to help Malaysians with disabilities?" he asked.
On Aug 13, Fuziah suggested that transgenders to use toilets meant for the disabled if they were uncomfortable in using toilets for males.
This was mentioned in passing following efforts by the Islamic Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa's to urge Malaysians to stop discriminating against transgenders because it would drive them to vice and away from religion.
Ras Adiba said the meeting last night was initiated by Fuziah and that the deputy minister now had a better understanding of the disabled community's objections to her statement.