Malaysia

LGBTI Rights in Malaysia


ADDED ON: 12/31/2018

A LGBTI activist in Malaysia speaks out

A 96-second video of an apparent homophobic attack has been circulating in Malaysia this week. A group of individuals verbally abuse, then violently attack, two men. The group accused the two of…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Malaysian Activists condemn assault of two men accused of homosexuality

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists today condemned the violent assault of two young men after they were beaten up by several unknown assailants for allegedly having sex in a car.…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2018

AIDS council slams Jakim’s ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBTs

The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) has censured a purported revamp of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department’s (Jakim) outreach (Mukhayyam) programme to rehabilitate LGBT persons. Referring to a recent report by news portal…

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ADDED ON: 12/18/2018

Death of transgender woman in Malaysia sparks fears of hate crime

The death of a transgender woman in Malaysia has sparked fears of a rise in hate crimes, campaigners said yesterday, as police moved swiftly to detain four suspects in the murder investigation.…

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ADDED ON: 12/15/2018

Cries for speedy action over murder grow louder

The gruesome murder of a transgender woman has sparked widespread public outrage and calls for justice. Deputy Women, Community and Family Development Minister Hannah Yeoh said what happened to the victim in…

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ADDED ON: 11/24/2018

This LGBT band is using music to fight Malaysian discrimination

Shh...Diam!, a four-member punk group is a rarity in a country where gay and transgender issues are often seen as taboo, cross-dressing is illegal and sodomy is banned under a British colonial-era law. …

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ADDED ON: 11/12/2018

Let’s Do the Math on Gays in Malaysia

On Oct 29, an officer of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim), Mohd Izwan Mohd Yusof, claimed that the number of gay men in the country had increased from 173,000 to 310,000…

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ADDED ON: 11/11/2018

Rights Groups Warn Malaysia’s Constitution Does Not Protect LGBTI People

Malaysia’s LGBTI community has said the country’s constitution is not enough to protect them from increasing attacks. Their comments came after the international community asked Malaysia to do more to protect LGBTI…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Malaysia Turns Towards Democracy—but Leaves LGBT Rights Behind

In the early hours of a Saturday morning in late August, Malaysian police stormed into the Blue Boy club in central Kuala Lumpur, one of the country’s oldest LGBT venues. As more…

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ADDED ON: 11/04/2018

Malaysian Official Claims 1,450 Gay People Have Been ‘Cured’

A Malaysian official recently declared 1,450 gay people have been “cured” in government-funded spiritual camps, according to the Malay Mail. The “mukhayyam” programs are funded by the government’s Malaysian Islamic Development Department…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2018

Kelantan to Take Action Against Cross-dressers

Religious authorities in Kelantan will take action against cross-dressers. State Islamic development committee chairman Datuk Mohd Nassuruddin Daud warned that those wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex can be charged under…

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ADDED ON: 10/26/2018

‘Don’t force’ LGBT Rights on Malaysia, New PM Says

Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday said his country cannot accept LGBT rights such as same-sex marriage, dismissing them as “western” values. The blunt remarks come against a backdrop of what activists…

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