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Penang state lawmaker seeks protections for transgender Malays

Democratic Action Party lawmaker Teh Yee Cheu has proposed setting up a committee to protect the rights of transgender people in the Malaysian state of Penang but the state Opposition opposes the idea.

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14th July 2013 01:31

Alessia Valenza

A state government lawmaker in the Malaysian state of Penang has proposed setting up a committee to protect the welfare of transgender people but the opposition has warned it will lead to more rights for LGBTs.

The Democratic Action Party’s Teh Yee Cheu put forward the proposal last week, sparking claims from the state opposition leader that the measure could lead to same-sex marriages in the state.

Teh told the state assembly that the issue had been overlooked and said there had been no action on the issue since he had first brought it up in 2009.

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