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.”
“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.
Image Seksualiti Merdeka
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