JAKIM SAYS THEIR TRANSGENDER CONVERSION CAMP IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

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08/09/2020

If you’ve spent enough time online, you may have come across several posts about things you can change in Malaysia. One of such posts that you may have come across is this…”Minister give full license to act against transgenders.” But if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s basically an infographic on the conversion therapy for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community in Malaysia. This infographic was posted in response to the Minister of Religious Affairs, Zulkifli Mohammad’s proposal to arrest and ‘educate’ transgender people. The infographic also mentioned that the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia’s (JAKIM) has a programme for the Muslim LGBTQ+ community called Mukhayyam. It claims that Mukhayyam is a rehabilitation camp that uses religious approach to return participants ‘to the right path’. And at the end of the infographic, Malaysians are urged to write to their respective MPs to ban this programme. Just after this infographic was posted, JAKIM reportedly lodged a police report against Nicole Fong, who posted this inforgraphic on Twitter. JAKIM claimed that the post was baseless and false as it likens Mukhayyam to conversion therapies conducted in Western countries.

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