Malacca Chief wants to amend Syariah law to prosecute gay men and lesbians despite existing laws, Pahang to follow

Published: November 10, 2011

Update (Nov 10, 2011): Pahang State mufti Datuk Abdul Rahman Osman says his state will follow Malacca’s move to amend its Syariah laws as the present provisions are insufficient in tackling deviant sexual behaviour and a specific legal provision was needed to spell out the crimes, the form of enforcement and punishment, the Star reported today.

The Malaysian state of Malacca may soon seek to prosecute gays and lesbians by applying the same type of Syariah legal mechanism used against deviant Muslim sects, reported the local Star newspaper on Wednesday. This follows the ban of the Seksualiti Merdeka festival, which was scheduled to begin today and run until Nov 13 in Kuala Lumpur.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam was quoted as saying that gay men and lesbians could be tried at the Syariah Court once the enactment was gazetted as Syariah law.

“We will revise the current enactment to specifically deal with homosexuals and lesbians in the state, including groups that promote such uncanny sex,” he said on Tuesday.

The report quoted Mohd Ali, who is also Malacca Islamic Religious Department chairman, as saying that the enactment had to be revised to include bisexuals and transsexuals as there was no specific law at present to prosecute such groups.

He added that action could also be taken against any non-governmental organisation promoting and supporting such sexual practices. Since the Malaysian police demanded the cancellation of Seksualiti Merdeka last week, a number of groups including The Malaysian Bar, Sisters in Islam and the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) have voiced their support for LGBT Malaysians and the festival to be allowed to go on.

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