Malaysia is a hot bed of homophobia, according to Human Rights Watch
The three minute video released by the Malaysian Islamic Development (JAKIM) makes a series of bizarre statements – including claims that sexual orientation can be changed with extensive training.
But its release appears to be a serious bid to help Malaysians know how to interact with the gay community.
One viewer, Luq Harith, who watched the video on Facebook wrote: “Colour me surprised with rainbow colours. JAKIM actually came out with a video that is non-hateful of the LGBT community.”
And Huda Mutalib wrote: “Not impressed with the content but kudos to JAKIM for focusing on not being hateful or violent towards LGBTQ people.”
Malaysia, a predominately Islamic and conservative society, has extremely strict laws towards homosexuality and gender change surgery.
Both are illegal under the country’s main law and Sharia law.
Malaysia, a predominately Islamic society has extremely strict laws towards homosexuality
However as the government put out its advice, it also urged gay people to repent their sexualities.
The government believes homosexuals can be “cured” if they fast and receive counselling, The Malay Mail Online reports.
But one viewer hit back at that suggestion.
The video aims to teach Muslims how to act around gay and bisexual people
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Sheelabanu Sri Jaya wrote: “This video is going to make people believe that there is a way to 'change' homosexuals into heterosexuals. No way you can do that.”
Malaysia is a hot bed of homophobia, according to Human Rights Watch.
In a 2015 report, the organisation laid bare the high level of anti-gay sentiment in the country describing it as “pervasive”.
The report went on to say that “transgender persons face arbitrary arrest, physical and sexual assault, imprisonment, discriminatory denial of healthcare and employment, and other abuses”.
Zulaikha Mohammad commented on the video: “We set such a low bar for Muslims to get them to act like decent human beings.
"Calling for reparative therapy is not exactly good intentions, let alone genuine respect that LGBTQI people should live their lives the way they want it to be.”
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