Stop endless gay persecution in Malaysia
Nellsen Jong Nov 6, 08 3:43pm
I refer to the reports here, here and here on the continuing persecution of gays in Malaysia.
The current Malaysian government has continued their scapegoat-ing of gay people under Section 377 of the Malaysian Penal Code even after the 1998 and 2008 attempts to smear the political career of Anwar Ibrahim.
Despite the rather obvious political nature of the government's prosecution of its leading proponent of democratic reforms, the prejudice against homosexuals is still severe.
Gay people have no one to speak up for them in Malaysia. Even academic researchers are intimidated by being dependent upon government appointments and funding. Faculties at Malaysian universities are prohibited from 'engaging in political activity.'
Without any public discourse on the subject of equal rights for homosexuals, there is little opportunity for changing the attitudes of the public or the government authorities.
Therefore, since homosexuality is considered an affront to Islam, any news relating to gay and lesbian rights, especially including calls for ending discrimination against homosexuals, is suppressed.
The above kind of police raiding, aided and abetted by a scandal-hungry media, continues. For example, police raided a gay party in Penang and brought along reporters who took pictures of the gay men at this party.
The police claimed there was sex going on at this party though all of the photos that were made as soon as the police burst into the scene showed the men all fully clothed. Participants said that it was a purely a social gathering, and denied there was any sex going on.
Whether there was sexual behavior or not, what is important is that this was a private gathering of consenting adults in a closed private business place.
By defining homosexuality as a 'vice' this 'Operation Clean' demonstrates the extreme discrimination against gay people in Malaysia.
Gay Malaysians living in exile respond that ‘Operation Clean’ should be used to clean up rampant government corruption and that police would be more useful in cleaning up the streets of the city of real criminals rather than persecuting gay people.
The fact that homosexuals are so commonly arrested is itself a sentence of punishment.
A person who is arrested for a crime in Malaysia often has to wait in jail for a long time, sometimes up to eight years, before being brought to trial. Torture of convicted prisoners is justified by the sentence of being flogged with a cane that is often meted out by the courts.
This practice of caning is so severe that prisoners often faint from the pain and are left with permanent scars. In the case of prisoners who are homosexual, the extensive publicity regarding government condemnation of homosexuality has sent the message to the police and others that persecution of homosexuals is acceptable.
Stop persecution now against sexual minorities in Malaysia and restore full equality for all. Every life has equal value. LBGT right is human right.
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Gays have affected normal male-to-male relationships
Straight Talker Nov 11, 08 2:40pm
I refer to the letter Stop endless gay persecution in Malaysia.
The writer should not suffer from a persecution complex. It is public knowledge that the Malaysian government is not just anti-gay but anti-everything that does not fit in with their ideas. So he should not exploit a few cases of gay prosecution as a pattern of persecution.
There are more important and worthy cases of persecution than gays who - like anyone who wants to have fun - break the moral code according to the authorities. We have seen Malays prosecuted for going to nightclubs, couples charged for holding hands in public, hotel rooms raided, etc.
Migrant workers are targeted by the police and they are the ones being persecuted, not gays.
Every weekend, Malaysians indulge in all kinds of social activities which the morally upright may consider immoral eg group sex, premarital sex, adulterous sex etc. But these people do not get caught because they do not publicise their activities. And if they get caught they just hang their heads low and cop the flak. But gays cry persecution!
My point is no one should publicise his or her sexual activities or preferences so why should gays make such a song and dance about theirs? I am not anti-gay but I find gays too much when they try to force society to accept their same-sex lifestyle which has detrimentally affected male relationships with the perception that if you are a male and friendly with another male, then you must be a gay.
The result is that normal male-to-male relationships have been affected. Even the women suffer from the same problem. Two married spinsters living together can be suspected of being lesbian.
My advice to gays is not to act in a way to draw attention to yourselves. For example, a hetereosexual man who flaunts his sexuality by parading around with women in a provocative manner will also attract unwanted attention.
It may disappoint gays but just as many people think adultery is wrong, many people think that gays are wrong too. But today gays would have us think that it is wrong to think they are wrong.
This brainwashing has worked in some liberal societies that have been swayed by tourist dollars but even they have set limits against gay marriages, and Malaysia is fortunate not to have capitulated to the gay lobby here and from overseas.
Gays must realise that every time they get into trouble it is not their being gay that is the cause but the way they behave and conduct themselves. Every group that becomes exclusive like gays will always cause others to treat them with suspicion, even hostility.
If I hold a party I invite everyone including gays, why should gays only organise events for themselves? But they also want to participate in other events attended by everyone else.
Gays can be very prejudiced against non-gays and that is why they have exclusive gay bars and gay this and that. They will exclude non-gays. But if straight people do that and exclude gays they will cry 'persecution!'
It is time gays realise that they can't always cry foul when they themselves don't realise that there are ordinary people like me who are not anti-gay but have genuine concerns about gay lifestyles as much as other forms of sexual deviations from the norm eg, kinky sex, group sex etc.
Gays need to take a long hard look at themselves and their attitudes and behaviour before they start crying ‘persecution’. It is they who are trying to undermine our traditional society not we who are trying to undermine theirs.
People don't care if you are gay or straight but if you start flaunting your gay ways in people's faces or in some militant and organised way force society to accept your values and lifestyle, then expect a nasty reaction.
Gays must realise that just as it is their right to try to impose their ways on us, it is our right to reject them and fortunately unlike the West, we are still sane. I don't care what gays get up to and neither do the authorities as long as gays don't try to force us to accept their ways.
With religious zeal the gay and lesbian communities may try to convert us but it is only fair that we too have a right to reject their ways and support the authorities for clamping down on any unsavoury activity, homosexual or otherwise.
Why don't the police raid football clubs where only men gather? I think the answer is obvious. If people want to group together and commit hanky-panky then don't complain when the authorities come around, gay or otherwise.
It is time gays grow up and behave more responsibly. There are many gays who live normal lives and do not attract attention to themselves. They could be your boss, colleague or anyone.
No one should make his or her sexual preference an issue unless they want to stir a hornet's nest especially in a country like Malaysia where Islam forbids same-sex sexual relationships
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