Several NGOs met to express their dissatisfaction with tentative calls for LGBT rights in the majority Islamic country. Protestors met at the campus of Universiti Putra Malaysia in Serdang, south of the capital, after being denied permission to gather in Kuala Lumpur’s central square, Dataran Merdeka.
Media reports on the numbers of protests varied from 1,000 to 3,000 from the New Straits Times. Much of the speakers’ anger was directed at politicians who they deemed to be supporting LGBT rights.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who was cleared of the charge of sodomy in court earlier this year was targeted, as was former president of the Malaysian Bar Council Ambiga Sreenevasan who won US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s International Women of Courage award in 2009 and poet and novelist A Samad Said who joined, with Ambiga, the Bersih 2.0 rally for clean and fair elections in Malaysia in July 2011.
Malaysia LGBT rights activist Pang Khee Teik tweeted: ‘1,000 vent anger at anti-LGBT rally – Further proof tt we desperately need a revolution in education’.
Pang meanwhile was supporting protests for democracy by students in KL’s Dataram Merdeka. ‘The sun sets on day 9 of occupydataran while the sun rises on Malaysia democracy,’ he said in another tweet.