Amnesty International Malaysia has called out Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's rejection of LGBT rights on the same day he announced the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), terming it a step backwards. In a statement, Amnesty commended the new Pakatan Harapan government on the move to set up the IPCMC, saying it was "long overdue." "However, Amnesty is dismayed by the prime minister’s rejection of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people on the same day," said its interim executive director Gwen Lee. Lee said instead of entrenching stigma and abuses, the government should strive to end discrimination against the community and ensure equal rights to all citizens.
September 22 / Malaysiakini