Home, Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America and Caribbean, Oceania, News, Sitemap
EN


Home / Trans Secretariat / Malaysia / Articles / Malaysian state implements heavier penalties for Muslims found “cross-dressing”
loading map..

Facebook

Screen shot from Pecah Lobang, a 2009 documentary about transgender women in Malaysia
Malaysian state implements heavier penalties for Muslims found “cross-dressing”

in MALAYSIA, 05/01/2014

Under the amended Syariah law, any man or woman in Pahang found “cross-dressing” could face a maximum of one year behind bars or be fined up to RM1,000, or both.

In what is seen as a sign of increasing Islamisation in a country that is officially a secular state with Islam as its official religion, the northern state of Pahang has introduced heavier penalties on "cross-dressers" under an amended Syariah law, according to local news reports.

Malaysia’s state-run news agency Berama reported that those arrested under the new law could face a maximum of a year’s jail or be fined up to RM1,000 (£ 185) or both if convicted. Under civil law, non-Muslim transwomen are usually charged under section 21 of the Minor Offences Act and fined RM 25.

The amended law, which came into effect on Dec 1, 2013, will only apply to Muslim men or women found to be wearing clothes of the opposite gender.

Read more

Bookmark and Share