Although Malaysia accepted a recommendation that it continue efforts to "combat all forms of discrimination," of LGBT, abuse against the minority continues, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in its Universal Periodic Review of Malaysia.
HRW advised Malaysia to repeal provisions that criminalize trangender, stop conducting police raids against transgender people, allow transgender to match identity cards to expressed gender identity, and repeal article 377B of Malaysia's penal code.
Federal law prohibits "carnal knowledge against the order of nature," punishable by up to 20 years in prison and whipping, the report notes.
The review also found that Sharia laws in numerous states criminalize LGBT people, including laws prohibiting a "man posing as a woman," a "woman posing as a man," and same-sex sexual relations.
Violence against LGBT people remains a serious concern, HRW warns.
The report highlighted two murders of LGBT in 2017, transgender Sameera and 18-year-old T. Nhaveen, whose assailants taunted him with anti-gay slurs.
The report also notes that openly lesbian Hong Kong singer Denise Ho, was banned from performing in Malaysia in February 2018.