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The complainant says the law infringes on their rights enshrined in the federal constitution. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE
‘Criminalising’ men in women’s attire is unconstitutional, High Court told

in MALAYSIA, 08/09/2012

In what is the first case of its kind, four transsexuals are challenging the Negri Sembilan Syariah law that forbids males to openly dress or pose as females on the grounds that it is infringing their rights under the Federal Constitution.

The High Court today began a constitutional hearing before Justice Datuk Siti Mariah Ahmad on a judicial review of Section 66 of the Syariah Criminal (Negri Sembilan) Enactment 1992, initiated by the four transsexuals who have been charged under the section.

Muhamad Juzaili Mohd Khamis, 24, Shukor Jani, 25, Wan Fairol Wan Ismail, 27, and Adam Shazrul Mohd Yusoff, 25, who work as bridal make-up artists, identify themselves and dress as women.

Counsel Aston Paiva, representing the four, told the court that Section 66 of the Syariah Criminal (Negri Sembilan) Enactment 1992, which “criminalises” any man who dresses or poses as a woman, is “unconstitutional”.

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