A Malaysian politician said he was ‘very shocked’ this weekend to discover the country’s Women’s March had been used to push for LGBTI rights
‘I was very shocked by the actions of some quarters today who abused democratic space to defend something that is wrong by Islam’ Mujahid Yusof Rawa wrote on Facebook.
More than 300 people gathered in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
One of the march’s five demands was to ‘end all violence based on gender and sexual orientation’.
Majority Muslim Malaysia is amid a crackdown on LGBTI citizens and rising violence against trans women in Muslim-majority Malaysia.
In the last three months, unknown attackers have killed at least two trans women.
The country’s prime minister, meanwhile, has said Malaysia ‘cannot accept LGBTI rights’.
Mujahid Yusof Rawa said on Saturday: ‘The government is firm that LGBT practices will never be accepted in this country. It is impossible for us to acknowledge something illegal’.
‘Abuse of democracy’
LGBTI rights defenders were keen to snap back at the member of parliament.
‘Dear Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, marching and demanding for rights is called participating in democracy’ activist Pang Khee Teik wrote on Twitter.
‘Abuse of democracy is when an elected leader uses his power to deny the rights of citizens to participate in democracy’.
Women of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions marched today in Malaysia. Telling them what they can or cannot be proves why they need to march till you STFU. #womensmarchmy
— Pang Khee Teik (@PangKheeTeik) March 9, 2019
Marchers raised placards in support of LGBTI rights on Saturday.They also flew rainbow flags.
There were chants of ‘leave LGBTI alone’ and ‘long live LGBT’, according to Malaysia Kini.
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