Kuala Lumpur anti-LGBT rally going ahead on Saturday

An anti-LGBT rally will go ahead on Saturday despite being denied permission to meet at KL's central square

Kuala Lumpur anti-LGBT rally going ahead on Saturday
20 April 2012

An anti-LGBT rally in Kuala Lumpur is going ahead tomorrow (Saturday) despite being denied permission to assemble at Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square), the site of the annual National Day parade and where Malaysian students have demonstrated for a free education this week.

The main organisers of the rally are Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), an NGO which aims to 'uphold the Malay race as a nation that values honesty and trust'. JMM president, Azwanddin Hamzah Said, told the New Straits Times:

'We respect the mayor's decision and acknowledge that we have a sense of responsibility to road users and businessmen who may be affected by our actions. I will now sit with leaders from the other NGOs to discuss a more suitable venue.'

JMM applied for a permit for the rally last Friday with five other NGOs including Federation of Peninsular Malay Students and Malay Veterans Association.

Professor Dr Mohamad Hussain Habil at the Universiti Malaya's department of psychological medicine told The Malay Mail:

'Groups like JMM are out to gain political mileage by sensationalising this issue, which is a dangerous move at the expense of the LGBT community.'

Yesterday, Malaysia sexualities rights activist Pang Khee Teik responded to an MP's call to ban LGBT politicians. 'Only the morally bankrupt… are threatened by the honesty and transparency of the openly LGBT,' he said.

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