ADDED ON: 08/23/2018

Mahathir’s Malaysia Accused of ‘state-sponsored homophobia’ After LGBTI Crackdown

08/22/2018 | South China Morning Post

The new government’s first 100 days in power have been marked by increased discrimination, harassment and violent hate crime against the LGBTI community. In the early hours of Saturday, the police and government officials raided a small nightclub in Kuala Lumpur. The venue, Blue Boy, was known to be popular with the LGBT community, but for 30 years had been left alone by the authorities. Until the weekend. Twenty men were detained and ordered into counselling for “illicit behaviour” by the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department of Malaysia (JAKIM).

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