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Malaysian transgender singer-actress Jessie Chung
Malaysian trans singer-actress says she's not discouraged by criticism

in MALAYSIA, 12/01/2013

Malaysian transgender singer-actress Jessie Chung has said in the interview that the criticism she's faced over her singing has not put her off performing.

Chung, known as Zhong Jie Xi in Chinese, said that she is serious about being a successful actress and singer. But the album she released last year as a Chinese New Year special album was met with a lot of criticism online.

Compared to neighboring Thailand, Malaysia is not openly accepting of transgender women performers. Last June, Malaysian transgender singer Hafiz Jeffri was fined in an Islamic Syariah court for 'dressing in women's clothing and having feminine mannerisms'. Chung is not subject to the law of the Syariah court because she is not Muslim. 

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