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Malaysia

LGBTI Rights in Malaysia


ADDED ON: 09/27/2021

Penang Mufti: Transgender people should change appearance before entering mosques, surau

GEORGE TOWN (Bernama): “Mukhannath” or transgender individuals should change their appearance if they want to be in mosques or surau, says Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor. He…

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ADDED ON: 09/25/2021

Govt mulls banning transgender individuals from entering mosques in FT

The government is looking into emulating Perlis in banning “mukhannath” or transgender individuals from entering mosques in the Federal Territories. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Ahmad Marzuk…

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ADDED ON: 09/23/2021

Thailand considers deportation of Malaysian transgender entrepreneur

Thailand is considering whether to deport a transgender businesswoman who was convicted this month of illegal entry and is wanted in Malaysia for insulting Islam, a case that has put a spotlight…

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ADDED ON: 09/22/2021

Malaysian transgender entrepreneur arrested in Thailand

A prominent Malaysian transgender entrepreneur wanted in her homeland for insulting Islam by cross-dressing has been arrested in Thailand, police said Monday, with authorities seeking her extradition. The case of Nur Sajat,…

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ADDED ON: 09/02/2021

Banned and blocked: LGBT+ websites censored from Russia to Indonesia

When Russian cities started banning Pride marches, LGBT+ rights activist Mikhail Tumasov took to the internet to make sure his organisation kept its voice. But state authorities were quick to catch up.…

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ADDED ON: 07/12/2021

New Malaysian Anti-LGBT Law Proposal

On Friday 25 June, a task force within the Malaysian government proposed modifications to the laws governing social media. The new amendments would allow Malaysian officials to pursue legal action against users…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2021

377: The British colonial law that left an anti-LGBTQ legacy in Asia

For much of the past two centuries, it was illegal to be gay in a vast swathe of the world - thanks to colonial Britain. Till today, colonial-era laws that ban homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2021

Ministry takes aim at LGBT with changes to shariah law

PETALING JAYA: The religious affairs ministry is proposing amendments to widen the scope of an existing shariah law used against people who are alleged to have insulted Islam. In a statement, deputy…

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ADDED ON: 04/19/2021

Halt Proposed Shariah Amendment Criminalising LGBTQ People

Malaysia is facing a serious threat to human rights and the HIV response with the announcement by a cabinet minister of the government’s plans to expand the jurisdiction of religious courts and…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Malaysia pushes for Sharia law to be tougher on LGBT+ Muslims

On Tuesday (6 April) the Malaysian government announced plans to move forward with an amendment to the Sharia Courts Act that would allow heavier punishments to be imposed on the LGBT+ community.…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Focus on inclusion, not alienation, in dealing with LGBT, Putrajaya told

Suhakam has urged the government to reconsider its decision to impose heavier punishments for offences associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Commissioner Hishamudin Yunus said the best approach…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Civil groups chide minister Zulkifli’s insistence on harsher laws against LGBT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — A coalition of local civil societies has today slammed religious affairs minister Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad’s insistence to table a law amendment that would provide for harsher punishments…

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