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August 22, 2013

Malaysia’s Court of Appeals has sided with the authorities who banned the annual LGBT Seksualiti Merdeka festival in 2011 but say the ban on the event was only for that year

The Malaysian Court of Appeals has decided unanimously that the High Court of Malaysia had been right to dismiss a challenge to a 2011 police ban on the annual Seksualiti Merdeka festival.

May 27, 2013

Annual award ceremony brings attention to the worst examples of sexism and homophobia in Malaysia with irony 

The second annual Aiyoh... Wat Lah?! awards were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last night.

The annual awards 'celebrate' the worst examples of sexism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia in Malaysian public life, and there is plenty to choose from.

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.

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 21, 2013

The Siti and Pepper Show, staged live in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday, featured interviews with parents who have accepted their gay, lesbian and trans children 

The Siti and Pepper Show, a live talkshow staged in Kuala Lumpur last Saturday proved that some Malaysian parents can accept their LGBT children.

March 12, 2013

Malaysia's human rights record criticized again in report to the UN

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Malaysia of violating international standards against discrimination with their words and actions against LGBT people.

HRW submitted a wide-ranging report to the UN on Malaysia's human rights failures, which included curtailing freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression - and abuses in the justice system.

February 18, 2013

'We want to awaken the youths and parents to the issue,' says the director of musical with negative message about LGBT lifestyles

A musical that shows the 'negative lifestyle' of LGBT people, who end-up being struck by lightening and turning straight, is touring Malaysia. 

Director Rahman Adam was asked by the government to stage the musical to tackle the 'worsening social issue' of LGBT people in Malaysia, Malaysian Digest reports.

February 4, 2013

Malaysian deputy education minister says LGBT behavior in children is 'like a disease'

Malaysia's education ministry held 21 seminars over the last six months about how to 'curb' LGBT behavior, reaching 16,000 parents and teachers.

Deputy education minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said the ministry would be holding more seminars across the country, The Star reports.

At a seminar last week in Seberang in northwestern Malaysia, Puad said:

'It is like a disease but it can be cured with early intervention.'

February 1, 2013

Malaysia is 'backsliding on rights' says international human rights watchdog

Human Rights Watch has criticized Malaysia in its annual report published today.

'The Malaysian government’s promised human rights agenda fell far short in practice in 2012,' said Asia deputy director Phil Robertson.

'As elections approach, the government will need to demonstrate its willingness to uphold the rights of all citizens, whatever their political views.'

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

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

September 15, 2012

Education Ministry says they are just trying to stop schoolchildren from engaging in 'unhealthy activities'

Malaysia’s Education Ministry has denied endorsing guidelines on how to spot gay and lesbian schoolchildren.

After the story received international criticism, the governmental body released a statement saying the ministry never endorsed such guidelines to be published and circulated in schools.

‘It is important to stress that it was issued by concerned quarters,’ it said.

September 13, 2012

Malaysian Education Ministry endorses guidelines that warn parents to be vigilant about ‘tight and light-coloured clothes’

The Ministry of Education in Malaysia has endorsed guidelines to help parents tell if their children are gay or lesbian.

Malaysiakini reports that the list of 'symptoms' for gay men includes stereotypes such as:

September 12, 2012

VP of Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia says his country cannot accept recognition of LGBT rights in the ASEAN human rights declaration

The Vice-President of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia said on Monday that LGBT rights should be excluded from a human rights declaration currently being drafted by Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Lawyer Azril Mohd Amin wrote in a letter to a Malaysian newspaper:

‘There will be attempts by LGBTs, NGOs, and various other activists to include LGBT rights and the right of absolute freedom of religion in the declaration.

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.

May 11, 2012

Activists think a LGBT rally in the current political climate in Malaysia would be unwise

LGBT rights activists in Malaysia say they will not be holding a IDAHO - International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia - event next week because of ‘security concerns’.

April 25, 2012

Activists suspect a fake LGBT rights march is being publicised to 'demonise' anti-government campaigners

LGBT rights activists in Malaysia have warned that an 'LGBT not criminals' public parade was not organised by them and might be a fake march publicised as part of a smear campaign from government supporters.

The organisers of Seksualiti Merdeka, the sexual minorities festival that was banned in Malaysia last year, have warned their supporters not attend a parade apparently planned for this Friday.

Pang Khee Teik said on Facebook:

April 23, 2012

Thousands of protestors, including students, gathered for an anti-LGBT rally outside Kuala Lumpur on Saturday

Thousands, including hundreds of students, gathered at an anti-LGBT rally outside Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, witnessing speeches clamouring for intolerance of sexual minorities in Malaysia.  

April 2, 2012

Activist responds to claim campaign for LGBT rights is making life worse for gay people in Malaysia

March 22, 2012

Malaysian MP calls for gay rehab center in response to newspaper interview with gay cure counselor

In the Malaysian parliament yesterday an MP called for the government to set up a rehabilitation center to ‘combat’ homosexuality.

‘We have to find a solution to combat these activities from getting rampant just like the efforts we take to combat drugs,’ Datuk Baharum Mohamad said, according to The Malaysian Insider.

March 1, 2012

Malaysian activists planned to appeal a court decision that refused to review a ban on the country's only sexual diversities festival

Activists planned to appeal a Malaysian court decision today that refused to allow a judicial review that may un-ban the country's only sexual diversities festival.

February 29, 2012

Uncertainty whether decision to ban Seksualiti Merdeka sexual diversity festival will be reviewed in court

Human Rights Watch released a statement yesterday urging the Malaysian government to allow a judicial review of the 2011 ban of the country's sexual diversities festival, Seksualiti Merdeka.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court had tabled the hearing for last Tuesday (21 February) and the festivals organisers were in court on that day, but there are now reports the case will be heard tomorrow (1 March) and the government is arguing that because the dates of the festival have now passed, the arguments are now moot.

January 11, 2012

Bid to repeal police ban on Seksualiti Merdeka sexuality rights event hits block from attorney-general

A bid to un-ban Malaysia’s only sexuality rights festival is now being fought by the country’s government.

The Seksualiti Merdeka festival – comprising workshops, forums, talks, and performances – has been held peacefully since 2008 with the support of local and international organizations alike, including the Malaysian Bar Council, sexual health group PT Foundation, women’s advocacy group Empower, Amnesty International and the United Nations.