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30 Oct 2022

Malaysian authorities raid LGBTQ Halloween party

20 people were arrested.

Malaysia’s Islamic religious officers broke up a large queer Halloween party in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night and arrested 20 people for cross-dressing and allegedly encouraging vice.

“About 40 religious officers backed by the police came into the venue with some 1,000 participants, and they stopped the music and dance...” said Numan Afifi, speaking to media outlets. Afifi was among those arrested at the event - an experience he described as traumatising and harrowing.

The authorities reportedly divided party-goers into two groups – Muslims and followers of other faiths.

Subsequently, 20 Muslims were taken to the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department where identity details were recorded.

All 20 were released a few hours later but are required to return next week for questioning.

Malaysia has a dual-track legal system, with sharia courts handling some cases for Muslim citizens, who make up around 60 per cent of the population.

Homosexuality is forbidden and laws criminalising sodomy can result in imprisonment, corporal punishment and fines – although enforcement of the law is rare.

 

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Malaysia?
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Malaysia? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is homosexuality legal in Malaysia?
No. Malaysia retains the colonial-era criminalisation of sodomy that it inherited from Britain.
Punishments could include prison for up to 20 years.
Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Malaysia?
No. There are no protections against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.
Is there Marriage Equality in Malaysia?
No. There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Malaysia?
Malaysia is a socially conservative country. Homosexuality is a taboo subject.
Homophobia is systemic, and LGBTQ people conceal their sexuality.

 

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Malaysia?

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Malaysia? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

Is homosexuality legal in Malaysia?

No. Malaysia retains the colonial-era criminalisation of sodomy that it inherited from Britain.

Punishments could include prison for up to 20 years.

Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Malaysia?

No. There are no protections against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.

Is there Marriage Equality in Malaysia?

No. There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Malaysia?

Malaysia is a socially conservative country. Homosexuality is a taboo subject.

Homophobia is systemic, and LGBTQ people conceal their sexuality.

Reader's Comments

1. 2022-10-30 23:44
Once again religion raises its ugly head.

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