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Gay sex video: Hundreds call for Malaysian minister resign

Gay sex video: Hundreds call for Malaysian minister resign

Demonstrators call for gay sex video scandal-hit minister to resign (Photo: Facebook)

Hundreds of people have called for Malaysia’s Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali to resign over a gay sex video scandal.

More than 200 demonstrated in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday, according to Free Malaysia Today.

Footage purporting to show the minister have sex with another man has rocked Malaysia, where gay sex is illegal.

Regional Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) youth chief Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz last month revealed he was one of the people in the sex video.

PKR last week Friday fired him from the party.

Azmin’s office maintains that the video clips are fake.

Member of Malaysia’s main opposition party, Lokman Noor Adam, led protests on Saturday.

He said the widely-shared footage had ’embarrassed the nation.’

Demonstrators carried placards saying ‘Azmin, please resign, don’t embarrass the country’ and ‘Malaysian citizens embarrassed by minister’.

Gay sex in Malaysia

Gay sex remains illegal under British colonial-era laws in Malaysia. Those found guilty face up to 20 years in prison.

In addition to the threat of criminal prosecution, deep-seated cultural stigmas still face the country’s LGBTI community.

Numerous religious and political figures have consistently whipped up anti-LGBTI sentiments in the Muslim majority country.

Anti-LGBTI sentiments have affected Malaysian politics during the past year. In July 2018, LGBTI rights Numan Afifi stepped down from his role as the press officer for the Youth and Sports Minister after experiencing multiple threats and continued abuse because of his sexuality.

There have been multiple instances of the Malaysian authorities clamping down on the LGBTI community. LGBTI rights activists have repeatedly highlighted the lack of protections for LGBTI people.

Sex scandals – or allegations of sex scandals – have been used multiple times in Malaysia in the past against politicians.

Anwar Ibrahim, who leads PKR, underwent two highly controversial trials for sodomy, resulting in long prison terms. 

Anwar has since slammed the videos as a ‘scurrilous attack’ against Azmin. 

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