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LGBTI Malaysians hit back after public blames them for bad weather

LGBTI Malaysians hit back after public blames them for bad weather

Bad weather in Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur (Photo: Andy Mitchell / Flickr)

LGBTI Malaysians have hit back on Twitter after a viral tweet blamed them for bad weather over the weekend.

Twitter user @sjnnhw tweeted a video of a storm in Malaysia.

She said the storm was connected to LGBT gathering in public.

More than 13,000 people have now retweeted the video.

LGBTI Malaysians are once again under attack after the Women’s March Malaysia included demands for LGBT rights on Saturday (9 March).

A member of parliament said organizers had ‘abused democratic space to defend something that is wrong by Islam’.

‘The government is firm that LGBT practices will never be accepted in this country’ he also said.

What’s more, local media have been sharing images of those involved.

They said LGBTI citizens were ‘polluting’ and ‘infecting’ the country.

Climate change

But, level-headed Malaysians were keen to take @sjnnhw to task over the tweet this week.

‘I really think its time for Malaysians to realise that these severe weather conditions are directly caused by global warming and climate change’ one user wrote.

Others also had more humorous responses.

LGBT rights in Malaysia

Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia. A colonial-era law punishes gay sex with up to 20 years in prison.

Shariah courts following Islamic law run parallel to the secular judiciary.

What’s more, Malaysia is also is in the middle of a worrying crackdown on the marginalized LGBTI community.

Last week, the country’s tourism minister claimed the country had no homosexuals.

Police have raided gay clubs and arrested individuals.

One conservative state caned women for attempting lesbian sex. At least two trans women have been murdered in the last few months.

And, importantly, the government continues to spew anti-LGBTI rhetoric.

Malaysia’s prime minister last year said Malaysia could not accept LGBT rights and labeled them a Western import.