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Malaysian MP concerned over LGBT content on Netflix

Malaysian MP concerned over LGBT content on Netflix

Malaysian MP Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid (Photo: Facebook)

A Malaysian MP this week raised concerns over LGBT content on Netflix in parliament.

MP Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid questioned the communications minister on whether Netflix was censored in the same way as cinema releases are in Malaysia.

‘I am seeing widespread sex scenes and LGBT elements which are causing worry among the people,’ she said, according to Malaysiakini.

The minister said he would reply to her in writing.

Muslim-majority Malaysia is amid a crackdown on its LGBTI citizens.

In December last year, it pledged to cut any LGBT content from the cinema releases.

Censors cut more than 24 minutes from Bohemian Rhapsody when it was released in Malaysia.

In 2016, Netflix told Malay Mail it would not censor movies and television for Malaysian audiences.

But, it said some content may be unavailable due to regional licensing restrictions.

Last week,  viewers reacted angrily after Netflix announced it would not renewing LGBT series One Day At A Time.

Netflix also denied changing the order of programmes based on a user’s sexuality.

LGBTI rights in Malaysia

Rights groups this month have urged Malaysia to drop its investigation into organizers of the Women’s March last week.

The government and mainstream media condemned the march for including demands for LGBTI rights.

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

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.

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. 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.

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