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August 10, 2012

Another politician criticizes couple for publicizing their gay wedding reception in Kuala Lumpur

The chief minister of the Malaysian state of Melaka (Malacca) has continued the war of words between gay pastor Reverend O Young Wen Feng and homophobic politicians.

Mohd Ali Rustam said ‘firm action’ must be taken against the New-York-based couple who held a wedding reception in Kuala Lumpur last weekend, reports Bikya Masr.

July 25, 2012

Anwar Ibrahim is ‘fundamentally wrong’ says Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called out Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on saying last week that gay people should be discriminated against.

Deputy director of HRW (Asia division) Phil Robertson said that Anwar was ‘fundamentally wrong’.

‘While this might be a good vote-getting strategy in some parts of Malaysia,’ Robertson said in a statement.

July 19, 2012

Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has told the Malay High Court that homosexuals should be prosecuted despite having twice defended sodomy charges against himself

Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has told a Malay court that homosexuals should be discriminated against, despite past comments to the BBC in which he called the country’s sodomy laws archaic and in need of reform.

Ibrahim was appearing in court as part of a defamation action against the Utusan Malaysia newspaper which had run a series of articles in the wake of those comments, which Ibrahim believes defamed his character as being divergent from Islam and unfit to hold office.

June 29, 2012

Former prime minister of Malaysia adds ignorant comments to those of the current PM

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said that gay marriage is ‘not natural’ and will ‘wipe out’ the human race while speaking at a business forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday (28 June).

‘Men marrying men, women marrying women... It's not natural. Just imagine if we all indulge in that. No children. One generation and the whole human race is wiped out,’ Mahathir said as reported by the Indian Express.

June 27, 2012

Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak mentions LGBT people for the first time in a statement about ‘protecting Islam’

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak released a statement on his website on Monday saying that ‘protect[ing] the institution of Islam’ is as important as the economic development of the country.

‘I do not see the process of national transformation solely from the angle of increasing income or the value of per capita income which is usually used as a measure of a country's development level,’ Najib said.

April 7, 2012

Malaysian officials stress there is no such thing as a ban of LGBT characters but look set to issue a guideline to advice against them

Malaysia has no plan to ban state media programmes featuring LGBTQ characters, but retains the right to select suitable content for the public, officials clarified yesterday (6 Apr).

April 5, 2012

In the latest example of state-sanctioned homophobia in Malaysia, the Deputy PM tells counselling conference to 'curb' LGBT 'spread'

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia told a national counseling conference yesterday that the profession was needed to 'curb' the 'spread' of LGBT groups.

January 19, 2012

Opposition leader distances himself from pro-gay-rights statement following political outrage

Lawyers for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim contacted the Utusan Malaysia newspaper demanding they retract an article published last Sunday headlined 'Anwar discusses gay rights'.

January 17, 2012

When Anwar Ibrahim decried Malaysia's 'archaic' homosexuality laws mainstream politicians lashed out

'Unnatural', 'not to be condoned' and 'the same as making incest legal' were some of the words used to describe homosexuality by Malaysia’s politicians last weekend. Three mainstream politicians spoke out after leader of the opposition Anwar Ibrahim told the BBC that some of Malaysia's laws relating to homosexuality were 'archaic'.

January 9, 2012

Explosions injure five as Anwar Ibrahim addresses crowd of supporters following his acquittal on sodomy charges by the high court in Kuala Lumpur

Three homemade bombs exploded among 4,500 supporters of pro-reform Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, following his release on sodomy charges.

Minutes before Anwar had told the crowd: 'We must focus on the general election because we want an independent judiciary... free media and to rid the country of endemic corruption'. His freedom brings Anwar closer to wining the next general election, likely to be held this year.

In the conclusion of a two-year trial, the charge of sodomy was thrown out by the judge on the grounds of insufficient evidence.

January 3, 2012

Raja Petra Kamarudin attacks former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim over sodomy trial and new sex video allegations

Malaysia’s controversial, self-exiled blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin has come under fire from the PRK (People’s Justice Party of Malaysia) for his comments regarding the sodomy trial and alleged sex tape of politician Anwar Ibrahim.

December 21, 2011

Ariff Alfian Rosli’s return demanded by Muslim groups after he married his partner in Ireland

A Malaysian national living in Ireland is under fire from his home country after photographs were published of him and his civil partner.

Ariff Alfian Rosli has been studying in Ireland for eight years and married his partner (known only as Jonathan) at Dublin city hall.

The Irish Times has reported that the photos of Rosli and his partner were published on the front of some local papers.

This resulted in Muslim groups urging the Malaysian police to investigate the issue because Rosli didn’t comply with the country’s Islamic laws.