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November 30, 2014

A delegate at this week’s UMNO party general assembly has warned that LGBTI equal rights would lead to lesbians bringing home girls with larger breasts than their mothers, while gay sons would bring home boyfriends with bushy moustaches

A Selangor state, Malaysia delegate at this week’s UMNO party general assembly in Kuala Lumpur has warned against allowing LGBTI people to have equal rights in the majority Muslim South East Asian nation – but not for the reasons you would think.

Ruling party delegate Ismail Kijo fears that same-sex marriage will lead to lesbians bringing home partners that put their mother’s breasts to shame.

November 10, 2014

Court found a state ban on cross-dressing unconstitutional

Malaysia's deputy prime minister has called for a review of last week's landmark ruling that scrapped a state Sharia enactment banning cross-dressing.

Muhyiddin Yassin said that while the government respected the Court of Appeal's decision, the Attorney-General's Chambers and Negeri Sembilan state religious department should appeal to the federal court because of its huge implications on society.

October 27, 2014

Opposition leader is standing trial for sodomy this week

A right-wing Malaysian newspaper has said supporting oppositon leader Anwar Ibrahim means supporting the international LGBTI rights movement ahead of his sodomy trial on Tuesday.

Anwar has been prosecuted under the country's colonial anti-gay law four times in what LGBTI groups have called a politically motivated prosecution. He is appealing his March sentence of five years in jail.

October 24, 2014

The country's opposition leader has been prosecuted four times under the law

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an end to the prosecution of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim under the country's anti-gay law.

Next week, the country's top court will hear Anwar’s appeal of his March conviction for violating the colonial sodomy law, which criminalizes same-sex relations.

The prosecution is cross-appealing Anwar’s five-year jail term, which could result in a sentence of up to 20 years.

March 8, 2014

Human rights groups have called the campaign against the former deputy prime minister politically motivated

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned an earlier acquittal and sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, ending his hopes of contesting a local by-election this month.

In 2008, Anwar was charged for having sex with a male aide. He was acquitted in 2012 by a High Court citing a lack of evidence. The government later appealed the court’s ruling.

February 12, 2014

International human rights group Human Rights Watch has called on the Malaysian Government to stop trying to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim prosecuted over claims he has had sex with men and to end its colonial era ban on gay sex

Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to end its attempts to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim jailed over claims he has had sex with men in what is widely viewed as an effort to keep the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in power.

BN have ruled Malaysia since 1974 and Ibrahim is a former BN MP turned vocal critic of the government who has been trying to unseat the Malaysian Government since 1998.

October 26, 2013

Former minister accuses NGOs of pushing for permissiveness in the name of LGBT rights

More than a decade after Malaysia triggered a raging controversy by putting its then deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in the dock for alleged sodomy, the Southeastern nation witnessed a fresh uproar this week with a government MP attacking homosexuality as an ‘evil concept’ and ‘security threat’ that could ‘spark inter-religious conflict’.

September 17, 2013

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on Malaysia to repeal its colonial era law banning gay sex as the government continues to use it to harass Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to cease its legal harassment of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and repeal the country’s colonial era sodomy law.

Human Rights Watch made the call after the Malaysian Government decided to appeal the acquittal of Ibrahim in the Malaysian High Court on sodomy charges.

August 4, 2013

Opposition leader and ex-deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal in 2008 sodomy case to be challenged in Court of Appeal


The acquittal of Malaysian Opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in a 2008 sodomy charge, one of Asia’s most talked-about cases heavily tinged with political colors, gets a sequel with the prosecution’s appeal against it fixed for hearing in September.

The hearing will be held on 17 and 18 September, Malaysian media reported.

July 23, 2013

Fifty-year-old man in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia set himself on fire after allegedly finding out his wife was having an affair with her female boss

A man set himself on fire in his apartment in Kuala Lumpur after allegedly discovering that his wife of 18 years was having an affair with her female boss.

Police reports say the couple's 18-year-old son was surfing the internet at home when he heard his mother scream, Malaysian newspaper The Star reports.

May 6, 2013

Ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, who regularly support anti-gay policies, will return to government in Malaysia - but several vocally homophobic politicians lose their seats

The coalition who have ruled Malaysia for 56 years, Barisan Nasional (BN), won yesterday's general election.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has frequently spouted anti-gay rhetoric during the election campaign and before, keeps his position as leader of the country.

April 23, 2013

Muhyiddin Yassin warns of threat of 'LGBT movement' to Muslims, as the country prepares for a general election on 5 May

The Malaysian deputy prime minister has made his government's position on LGBT rights clear again at a meeting of Islamic agencies in Kuala Lumpur.

Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, said that Malaysian Muslims were facing two challenges - the LGBT movement and demands for more freedom within the religion, The Malaysian Insider reports.

March 18, 2013

Anwar Ibrahim says images that appear to show him having a sexual encounter with a man are 'a disgusting political gimmick' from the ruling party

Images of a man resembling Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim having a sexual encounter with a man were posted on a blog last week, but he strongly denies that he is the man in the photograghs.

January 15, 2013

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak receives doctorate from Ohio University for achievements in democracy and unity

Malaysia's prime minister was awarded an honorary degree from a US university for his work in creating 'unity', despite being known for his anti-gay views.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak was given the doctorate from the Ohio University board of trustees today (15 January).

According to trustee David Brightbill, the PM was honored in recognition of his work in education and commitment to democracy and creating unity in Malaysia.

January 14, 2013

After a year of headlines about shockingly homophobic statements from the government, Gay Star News visits Malaysia to find out what life is really like for LGBT rights activists there

December 5, 2012

Leading human rights organization sends letter to Malaysian PM saying his discriminatory policies are against the principles of UN member states

Leading global human rights defender Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to the Malaysian prime minister asking him to stop discriminating against LGBT citizens.

In the open letter to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak Human Rights Watch lists the many instances when Najib or members of his government have endorsed 'discriminatory and rights-violating policy that vilifies members of the LGBT community in Malaysia'.

The list of instances include:

December 4, 2012

Delegates target 'LGBT' in speeches at last national conference before election

Several delegates attacked the LGBT community during speeches at Malaysia's ruling party's national conference which ended on Saturday.

Members of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) labelled 'LGBT' as against Islam in the country that has the most openly expressed homophobic political rhetoric in Asia.

November 26, 2012

Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor says ‘you have to nip it [homosexuality] in the bud’

The wife of the Malaysian prime minister has defended the exclusion of protecting the rights of LGBT people in the controversial ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) declaration of human rights that was signed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia last week.

Datin Seri Paduka Rosmah Mansor said in an interview with Phnom Penh Post:

November 2, 2012

Cabinet minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz is the latest Malaysian politician to make an ignorant homophobic gaffe

The latest ignorant homophobic gaffe from a Malaysia politician came from cabinet minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz yesterday, when he responded to accusations of improper behaviour in a corruption case.

The comments came while Nazri was defending himself from claims that he acted dishonestly when he told parliament that his friend, businessman Michael Chia, had been cleared of corruption charges.

Rafizi Ramli of the opposing People’s Justice Party (PKR) announced yesterday that he has proof a black Hummer SUV driven by Nazri’s son Nedim is owned by Chia.

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.

June 26, 2012

Welcome dose of irony at award show for sexist, misogynist, homophobic and transphobic comments by public figures in Malaysia

June 20, 2012

Malaysia deputy minister says government is ‘tackling’ LGBT issue

A Malaysia deputy minister questioned in the senate yesterday, said that the constitution did not protect the rights of LGBT citizens.

Dr Mashitah Ibrahim, deputy minister in the prime minister’s department responded to a question in the senate about what the government was doing to ‘tackle’ LGBT issues.

‘A series of rehabilitation and treatment courses will be given to Muslims who have deviated from societal norms,’ said Mashitah. She said that being LGBT was against Islam and the constitution of the country, as Islam is the official religion.

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'.