Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hate crimes against trans people in Malaysia: A silent radicalisation? — Henry Koh

DECEMBER 13 — In the dark and early morning hours of February 23, 2017, 26-year-old Sameera Krishnan was making her way home through the streets of Kuantan in Pahang State. The next day, “Meera,” as she was known, was planning to celebrate her birthday with family and friends.
The relatively peaceful capital of Pahang was jolted by violence that night. Three armed men confronted and attacked Meera, severing four of her fingers, mutilating her scalp, and shooting her in the head at close-range three times. Meera died on the spot.
Her birthday ended up being a funeral.
Meera was a trans woman, and this was not the first time she had experienced violence because of her gender identity. Two years earlier, several men kidnapped, tortured, and sexually assaulted Meera. She was scheduled to appear in court less than two weeks after her death as the main witness in a criminal trial against two Malaysian men accused of the crimes. On April 7, 2017, the police arrested five men in connection with Meera’s murder.
The response to Meera’s murder was almost as appalling as the crime itself. The Malaysian press described Meera in derogatory terms such as “tranny,” “transvestite,” “cross-dresser,” and “pondan”—a pejorative Malay term describing an effeminate person.
While arrests were made, the police were quick to conclude Meera’s murder was not a hate crime. On February 26, just three days after the crime, Senior Assistant Commissioner of the Criminal Investigation Division, Datuk Raja Shahrom Raja Abdullah, said “[T]here is no indication that the murder was a hate crime against a transgender individual.”
My colleagues and I at Fortify Rights are not as convinced. Violence and discrimination against the trans community in Malaysia is sadly common. A study by the transgender rights group Justice for Sisters found that at least 67 per cent of transwomen in Malaysia experienced some form of physical or emotional abuse but that most cases are underreported because of distrust of the police.
In 2016, the human rights organization SUARAM reported that at least 11 cases of murder of trans women were reported in the media between 2007 and 2017. Between 2008 and 2012, the authorities arrested 746 people under state Syariah laws that prohibit a “male person posing as a woman.”
In my own research with Fortify Rights, I’ve argued that the National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia—SUHAKAM—could and should do more to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities. Only four of 17 total annual reports by SUHAKAM mention LGBTI violations. This lack of focus is symptomatic of the slim regard for LGBTI rights in Malaysia.
Under international law, a hate crime is a crime motivated by prejudice or hostility based on the victim’s membership of a particular group or characteristic, including their sexual orientation or gender identity.
While the authorities were quick to conclude that Meera’s murder was not a hate crime, Malaysia currently has no law prohibiting hate crimes. This, at least, is a fixable problem. Malaysian Parliament should create legislation that would not only help hold perpetrators of hate crimes accountable but would also further protect the rights of LGBTI persons in Malaysia. Hate crime legislation could require the government to publish hate-crime statistics and take concrete actions to promote rights based on race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation and gender identity.
Moreover, those responsible for Meera’s killing and violence against other trans persons must be swiftly brought to justice before further acts of brutality take place. Meera survived an abduction, torture, and sexual assault in 2015. A speedier prosecution of her attackers in 2015 may have prevented Meera’s killing earlier this year.
Malaysians cannot purport to exist harmoniously in a multicultural, rights-respecting society if our recognition and enforcement of rights are selective. If left unchecked, violent hate crimes against marginalized persons could lead to a silent radicalization among our society. We must avoid that at all costs.
Malaysia has a vibrant LGBTI community and the strength to embrace our differences and ensure everyone is able to enjoy the same rights and protections. Our differences unite us as a nation and our rights allow us to live freely.
*Henry Koh is a human rights specialist with Fortify Rights. Follow him on Twitter @HenryKoh45.
**This is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessary represent the views of Malay Mail Online.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Mujhe Rang De perform by Pink Angels for World Aids Day 7Dec2012

"Published on Dec 7, 2012

The Pt Foundation in TG programme perform a bolloywood song for World Aids Day 2012 at berjaya time square Kuala Lumpur.Even though the storm ruin the stage and the sound system was damage but with determination, the girls still perform by just playing the song in a car player and the show still goes on.. :) it show the empowerment of the community.. Kudos to them.. :) "- Nisha Ayub

Helsinki Pride 1July 2017

(20 clips)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


from one landscape to another, from one system to the other,
change is constant, embrace

updated a few links to the archieve

Friday, September 22, 2017

- Radio station draws flak over 'transphobia' video
-Azril Anuar

Radio station draws flak over 'transphobia' video

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 — Prominent transgender activist Nisha Ayub has lashed out at, suggesting the popular radio station is transphobic after it posted a video online featuring a negative reaction towards a character depicted as a trans woman.
On her Facebook page last night, the co-founder of Seed Foundation and Justice for Sisters posted a screen grab of the sketch featuring two of the station’s deejays accompanied by a caption that read: “When a pretty girl turns out to be a guy. Have you ever been so startled you feel like throwing up?”
“Shame on you Hitz Fm. Are you guys Transphobia? Are you guys encouraging bullying and hatred to people that has different gender identity or expression? What kind of message are you ‘perfect people’ bringing to your listeners?
“Do you so called ‘perfect people’ know the impact of your discriminative video towards the community coming from all age, race or religion?” Nisha wrote.
She also urged her followers to share the posting if they cared.
The original video posting has been removed from’s social media accounts. However, some internet users have saved the video and reproduced it on their personal accounts.
In the clip,’s Morning Crew deejays Arnold Loh and Ryan De Alwis, better known as RD, are seen crossing paths with a long-haired person who is viewed from the back.
Arnold then encourages RD, who is still a bachelor, to approach the long-haired person. The deejays are then shown vomitting after long-haired person turns around and speaks in a masculine voice.
In her critical posting, Nisha said the transgender community in Malaysia have already become targets of hate crimes and did not need any further negative messages to reinforce violent discrimination towards their community.
She reminded the radio station that “it could be a joke to you” but that it could negatively affect someone else’s life.
As at the time of writing, Nisha's Facebook update has received over 250 responses and 64 shares. More than 30 comments were similarly critical of the sketch. Some said they would boycott the radio station.
Facebook user William Ng, commenting on Nisha’s Facebook page, said should apologise and explain the skit to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community.
“You owe the LGBTQ community an explanation. You do not deserve my respect and I will stop listening to your station from now on.
“It is sad that a radio station that claims to be ‘Number 1 Hits Station in Malaysia’ does not vet the contents before publishing it,” he wrote.

------- apologises for transphobia video

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 — Popular radio station apologised today for a video sketch that had been denounced by internet users for its allegedly transphobic nature.
“We at would like to apologise for the said video, and have since removed it. Thank you,” the station said in a terse WhatsApp statement to Malay Mail Online when contacted for comment.
The original video has been removed from the radio station’s social media accounts, although other internet users have saved and reproduced it on Facebook and Twitter.
In the video,’s Morning Crew deejays Arnold Loh and Ryan De Alwis, better known as RD, were seen crossing paths with a long-haired person whom they mistook to be a girl and vomitted afterwards.
Prominent transgender activist Nisha Ayub was among those who had spotted the video and made a screen capture with the controversial caption that read: “When a pretty girl turns out to be a guy. Have you ever been so startled you feel like throwing up?”
Denouncing the skit as a ‘transphobia” video, she posted it on her Facebook account and urged other users to share it.

Immigration to bar individuals entering Malaysia to attend gay party

Immigration to bar individuals entering Malaysia to attend gay party

PETALING JAYA: The Immigration Department will deny the entry of individuals who are planning to attend the gay party planned for Sept 30 in Kuala Lumpur.
Its director-general Datuk Seri Mustafar Ali (pic) said that any individual or organiser behind the gay festival will be served the Not to Land Notice (NTL) under Section 8 of the Immigration Act 1559/63 should they attempt to enter Malaysia.
He said the move was under the instructions of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who has also instructed the police not to approve the gathering.
"The Immigration Department will cooperate with related enforcement agencies to identify these individuals and ensure that they do not enter the country," Mustafar said in a statement on Friday.
"The Immigration Department is firm in its stance not to compromise with any parties attempting to introduce unhealthy and immoral practices that can threaten the peace, security and sovereignty of the country," he added.
The Immigration Department has served 46,551 individuals with a Not to Land Notice from Jan 1, 2017 to June 30 this year for various immigration offences.
A news portal had reported that a gay event would be held in Kuala Lumpur to promote "White Party Bangkok", the biggest annual gay music festival in Asia, scheduled for Dec 28 in Thailand.



Monday, September 11, 2017

Fuujin monogatari/Windy Tales/Melaka

23June2017 / 'Nisha Ayub and her fight against discrimination'

'Nisha Ayub and her fight against discrimination'

Change starts with acceptance


Imagine waking up daily, fearful of what lies in store for you when you step out of your own house that’s located not in a war zone, but right here in Malaysia.
We have always been grateful for our multi-racial, peaceful and stable environment – politics and fluctuating economic conditions aside – but when it comes to diversity and inclusivity, we are still grappling when it comes to dealing with the marginalised be it the differently-abled, the LGBT community, sex workers, the ill, or other voiceless segments of society.

Pushing for change

Internationally recognised transgender activist Nisha Ayub is adamant about making a change in the system, with the intention of ensuring that the transgender community get to live without having to sacrifice their self-worth.
The co-founder of the community-run SEED Foundation says 60% of transgender people are sex workers, not because they have no other career options but because they are desperate to make a living and have nowhere to go as they are constantly looked down upon.
SEED is a fully crowd-funded organisation that caters to the marginalised community (homeless, people living and affected with HIV and transgender men and women), and provides them a safe space that supports them in establishing sustainable livelihoods, facilitates access to healthcare services and improves their quality of living.
If you are transgender, you are judged not based on your qualification, race or religion but based on your appeal,” Nisha said at a recent women’s forum organised by T-Systems Malaysia.
She was commenting on how difficult it is for transgender people to find decent employment opportunities.
“We can talk about women, children and the elderly but we can’t talk about transgender (people) because we are seen as a negative entity,” said Nisha who went through a life of seclusion as people, including her own mother (initially) were constantly judging and taunting her.

Breaking barriers

As she gained confidence through her advocacy work – which started after her imprisonment in 2000 – Nisha began fighting for the oppressed who, as she puts it, “did not choose to be the way they are”.
Hate crime is a frightening indication of the dangers that transgender people face and Nisha deals with clients who have been victims of hate crime on a daily basis.
People assume we choose to be transgender. If I could choose, why would I choose a life where I’d be ridiculed, called all kinds of names, harassed in so many ways and judged all the time? she questions.
She adds that people – including parents – do not listen or give a chance to a child to explain why he or she is different.
“We have transgender girls as young as 12 being dumped by their families because these girls are seen as a disgrace.
Listen to what we have to say rather than listening to others,” she says adding that a mother’s acceptance can change a child’s life as it gives the child confidence and courage to face life’s challenges.
Nisha, who is the recipient of the prestigious US International Women of Courage Award and the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, has a day dedicated to her in San Diego (Nisha Ayub Day is observed on April 5).
This might interest you: Putting Food On Their Table As They Put Food On Yours

Lonely battle

SEED Foundation, Nisha added, has been sustaining itself without any form of funding from the government or private organisations, and she believes that with awareness and acceptance, the marginalised community can realise their true potential.
Listening to Nisha absolutely changed my perception about those who are different. Although I do not ridicule transgender people, I am guilty of standing by and watching others – including my own friends and family – laugh at them.
To me, Nisha is an inspiration because it is not easy to fight a battle without a strong support system.
Apart from cultural and religious limitations – which in my opinion is a personal choice – there really isn’t a justifiable reason to let marginalisation happen.
Humanity transcends nationalities, gender, ethnicities, and life’s choices.
That is what we should aspire to be.

Kamini Singgam is an introverted extrovert that strives to see the rainbow at the end of the road. An experienced writer, editor and social worker, she is currently an assistant managing editor with Leaderonomics. She finds joy in sharing ideas and stories that can impact lives for the better.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

using religion

22Feb2017 (Malay language)
Guna pendekatan agama ubah LGBT langgar hak asasi manusia
(Religious authority JAKIM using religion towards LGBT correction camp is against human rights)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Anime thoughts

if you watch the old anime Nadia:The Secret of Blue water, not only you'll see the reference for Disney's Atlantis but also a bit of dna from Macross (the captain in submarine/later episodes)and also could be references for Team Rocket in Pokemon and Katshuhiro Otomo Steamboy. I love the comedy of this era, the clumsy bad guys which also apparent in Hong Kong cinema in the 80s.