A top Malaysian police official has said that LGBTI people should not be allowed to join the police force.

Malaysia’s Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Noor Rashid Ibrahim, made his statement after being asked if the country’s police force would accept applications from gay and/or transgender people.

“Until today, the LGBTI culture is not accepted in this country, so based on that principle, we still maintain the current quota for men and women,’ he said. “If they have the qualification, they have to adhere to the practices accepted in this country.”

Rashid added that he isn’t the one who “dictates this culture” but that people “follow their ways” in the Malaysian culture