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Banned ‘Sexuality’ Festival in Malaysia Prompts Debate, Backlash

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She threatened to sue Umno-controlled TV3 for describing Seksualiti Merdeka as a “free sex festival”.

“I am here only as a supporter because two years ago, I officiated Seksualiti Merdeka without any incident. It is an event to explain and educate them of their rights within the laws, and not outside,” said Marina.

“So I am very angry, very angry, there are no words to describe, at certain parties calling this a free sex festival. You have nothing better to do? Nowhere here is free sex allowed. Are you crazy to imagine this?”

Said Malaysia Chronicle:

“There is growing disquiet that the Umno groups as well as PAS have over-reached their boundaries, and needed to be reined and taken to task for their fanaticism.”

The opposition People’s Justice Party (PKR) of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has defended Seksualiti Merdeka.

PKR vice president N Surendran told Malaysia Chronicle:

“Police had no business banning the event in the first place. They acted unlawfully and stupidly. The BN Home Ministry and police leadership are a major threat to the freedom of the people. They treat the Constitution like trash, while pretending to uphold the law. In due course, they will have to answer for their misdeeds.”

Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has also defended the festival, saying:

“If you want to be gay, bisexual or (have) any sexual preference, and if it does not harm anybody, you are entitled to that choice.” But, he added at a press conference Tuesday, “If you want to practise and enjoy the freedom in terms of a festival, then it attracts a lot of attention and people may not be very happy.”

Seksualiti Merdeka’s organizers said:

We are Malaysian citizens who are being denied our rights to our identity and self-determination.

The false allegations and ill-intended remarks made to incite hate towards us are completely unjustified. They have further marginalized a group of Malaysians that have long suffered severe marginalization in society. As a United Nations Human Rights Council member, the Malaysian government should be ashamed for endorsing and encouraging such intimidation and scare tactics.

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4:20PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Ameer, the difference between wearing a headscarf and being homosexual is a fairly obvious one, I'd think. One is a piece of clothing - and one can be Muslim without wearing it. The second is a fundamental aspect of a person's psyche. One wears a headscarf. But one IS a homosexual. And there's a world of difference between the two things.

And you state, "Well its their country so they can pretty much do whatever they want in it regarding laws." I shall remind you of that statement the next time I see you criticizing U.S. laws or customs of U.S. society.

3:44AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Malaysia doesn't want their kind there so gays shoudn't go there. simple. If you want to practice homosexuality do it in your own country or place where it is more acceptable.

And this is advice i learned from the care2 members when France banned the Hijab. If muslims wanted to wear the Hijab they should not come to France but go somewhere where it is more acceptable.

3:38AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Well its their country so they can pretty much do whatever they want in it regarding laws. Malaysia doesn't tell you what laws not to enact or what not to do. If we supprt freedom we should stop telling other countries what to do and how to think.

9:57AM PST on Nov 10, 2011

Once again - the Univ. of Georgia study indicated the more "homophobic" you are, the more of a closet case you actually are.
Maybe they could start a worldwide "Closet Queers Against Gay Rights" group.

6:27PM PST on Nov 9, 2011


10:14AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

In order to be a homophobe it has to occupy a significant part of your brain, and this means that homophobes are thinking about men/women rubbing penises/vaginas together in a 24/7 gay porno. That’s an awful lot of gay thoughts for supposedly straight people who hate gays. I bet even gay people don’t think about gay stuff as much as homophobes do.

Homophobes (aka Anti-Gay Movement) are not protesting against bestiality, pedophilia (with/without a priest involved), rape, sexual exploitation, or any other form of non-consensual sexual act in which a victim is forced against their will to participate

The Homophobes are protesting a private sexual act being performed by two consenting adults.


Homosexuals = fighting for the right to control their own behavior.

Homophobes = fighting for the right to control other peoples behavior.

9:16AM PST on Nov 9, 2011


8:19AM PST on Nov 9, 2011


8:19AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Talk about moving backwards. Unbelievable !!!!

7:58AM PST on Nov 9, 2011


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