Two Malaysian states are considering harsher Islamic laws against gay sex, the AFP reported.

Gay sex is already punishable by law in Malaysia. Offenders risk caning and up to 20 years in jail.

Proposals in Pahang and Malacca would increase the penalties by adding state religious charges. That is, a Muslim gay could be punished under both systems, resulting in longer sentences.

“Homosexuality is against Islam. Men should look for women, not men. So that's why we don't want to follow this activity promoted by Western countries,” said Mohamed Ali Rustam, chief minister of southern Malacca state and a member of Prime Minister Najib Razak's ruling United Malays National Organization party.

In September, the party had announced plans to expand civil liberties.

“People are talking about human rights, but this is not right. … It's our duty [to stop it] but we cannot take action because there is no law,” Ali Rustam said.

He added that the proposed penalties would also extend to supporters of homosexuality.

Approximately 60 percent of Malaysians are Muslims subject to both criminal laws and Islamic laws for civil matters.