Malaysia's new government promised to tackle human rights, but in the last few months, LGBTI Malaysians have felt increasingly under threat. More than four months after a historic change in government in Malaysia, the LGBTI community is bemoaning a backsliding in rights in the country. Malaysia’s new leader Mahathir Mohamed promised, with his Pakatan Harapan coalition, to tackle human rights and launch ‘Malaysia Baru’, a New Malaysia. ‘The reality is nothing changes’ an LGBTI actor and director in capital Kuala Lumpur told Gay Star News. ‘I still don’t feel like a worthwhile citizen’. In the last two months, Malaysia caned two women for attempting lesbian sex. Police also raided the oldest gay club in the country. What’s more, ministers and politicians have spoken out against the LGBTI community.
September 14 / Gay Star News