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#1 reader

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 06:23 PM

From The Nation

 

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Kuala Lumpur - The Malaysian government came under fire Thursday for ordering the removal of two LGBT activists' portraits from an exhibition, with campaigners labelling it an attack on the "dignity" of the gay community.

 

    The photos of Nisha Ayub and Pang Khee Teik were taken down from display at an arts festival in the northern state of Penang this week following the government order, festival organisers confirmed.

 

    Authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia often take a dim view of homosexuality, and the country retains its colonial-era ban on sodomy.

 

    Officials have been criticised for introducing programmes directed at the LGBT community, such as a competition launched last year by the health ministry offering cash prizes to whoever could create the best video explaining how to "prevent" homosexuality.

 

http://www.nationmul...ngnews/30351828



#2 spoon

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 07:30 PM

Lgbt issues becomes a hot issue now here, with religious leaders and opposition making it a political issue to bring lgbt under spotlight. Most of the lgbt activists here are under great pressure. No wonder most of lgbt here still prefer to be in the closet.

To be honest, the lgbt activist here arent really asking for the same rights like most western countries, like gay marriage and all legalities that comes with marriage. All they ask, at least for now is to stop discrimination against lgbt, at work, at school, at hospitals, basically everywhere.

Current newly elected government are more lenient towards this, but the opposition are playing the scare tactics saying that lgbt here wants exactly what were demanded in the western countries, which isnt true, and basically being ignorant to the real issues. They even quote hiv infection statistics and blood donations into picture.

#3 vinapu

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 01:20 AM

don't worry spoon, slowly but surely Malaysia will be there with LGBT rights, perhpas i more conservative societies is better to take 2 steps ahead , one back and then again two ahead to get forward and not to create too much waves.



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Posted 14 August 2018 - 10:08 PM

Agreed. Gays should behave like others and not create too much waves.
I would find it annoying when people (gay or otherwise) try too hard to project themselves to be noticed and acknowledged or accepted.
Chew your food a dozen times before swallowing, and try not to talk while chewing.
It will be good for you and your immediate neighbours.

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 12:53 PM

The problem is the gay here have been minding heir own business except for the few transgender activists who are quite popular with many followers. Back to the topic of their potraits being removed, some of then even said they didnt even know their portrait being part of the exhibition. Anyway, that didnt stop people from making this issue and taking it out of context. And its so easy to condemn when you are being ignorant about lgbt in general. They still think its a choice to be lgbt, and yet if i ask any of them, would they choose to be one, id pretty sure theyll say no, and not because they are religious, but simply they dont have any feeling to the same sex in the first place.

#6 PeterRS

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Posted Today, 01:17 PM

don't worry spoon, slowly but surely Malaysia will be there with LGBT rights

 

I think you are overly optimistic dear Vinapu. Have you seen what has happened in Muslim Brunei? Shariah Law introduced for gays. So now you can be stoned to death if you decide to visit there and are accused by four people that they have seen you have sex with another man. Whether they have seen you or not is really immaterial. People can say anything for any reason these days. Fake facts?

 

Aceh Province in Indonesia seems not to go the stoning route, but they will happily break into your bedroom. If you are having sex with another guy, you will be given a good 100 lashes in public. In the greater Muslim Indonesia, there is a fast growing anti gay movement with none other than the Defence Minister claiming homosexuality is a "threat" and akin "to a modern form of warfare."

 

A Parliamentary Committee in Indonesia is even considering a proposal to ban all sex outside marriage. According to Deusche Welle, the PSeaker of the Indonesian parliament said legislation is needed to curb "homosexual excesses, such as murder, HIV/AIDS and paedophilic."

 

If you think that a couple of Islamic countries making it more difficult for gay people will result in another majority Muslim country like Malaysia easing restrictions, sorry but I suspect you need to rethink your position.






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