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Mahathir says no plan to review laws against sodomy

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The government has no plan to review existing provisions in the law that deal with sodomy and fellatio, according to Dr Mahathir Mohamad. 

In a parliamentary written reply dated yesterday, the prime minister said this was because the current punishments stipulated under Sections 377B and 377C of the Penal Code are sufficient.

Section 377B deals with the offence of committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature, while 377C is committing the same offence without consent.

"For the time being, there is no plan to review the punishment for Sections 377B and 377C of the Penal Code, because the punishments provided by both sections are sufficient," Mahathir said in a reply to question by Shamsul Anuar Nasarah (BN-Lenggong).

Under Section 377B, anyone found guilty can be punished by up to 20 years' jail and whipping, while 377C provides between five and 20 years' imprisonment and whipping.

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