ILGA Asia urges Malaysia to reinstate Seksualiti Merdeka Festival

Posted on 10 November 2011 by ana_a

It is with Great Sadness that we read about the Malaysian Police Ban of the Seksualiti Merdeka Festival planned to be held in Malaysia from the 9th to the 13th of November.

Malaysia claims to be “Truly Asia” but the banning of the festival by the Malaysian authorities proves otherwise. Asia is about diversity, and if one is to truly embrace the essence of Asia, one embraces and respects its diversity of culture, religion, and language, celebrates its people and their own unique ways of expressing emotion, love and sexuality, all this accompanied with the sounds, aromas and color, create what we all consider to be the drama of what Asia is all about, if we take one of these elements out, we loose what is truly Asia.

The banning of the Festival by the Malaysian Police is a fundamental disregard of the rights of the Malaysian Citizens to freedom of speech and expression.

Mr. Khalid Abu Bakar, Deputy inspector General of Police in his statement also shows blatant disregard to the Human Rights of the LGBT community in Malaysia, and clearly does not consider their rights as Human Rights.

We strongly urge the Malaysian authorities to reinstate the festival and celebrate the diversity that is truly Asia.

Poedjiati Tan & Sahran Abeysundara
Asian Representatives to the ILGA WORLD Board

1 Comments For This Post

  1. cka dmean Says:

    Hello,I’m Cka and i have one question,how to get involved with this LGBT community projects? What I mean is that I never gets involved with any of your projects, I want to be part of you. That’s because I am a lesbian but I’m a butch. At least I’m not alone in this community. I see some people being isolated just because they being who they are.So I want to show my support on this Malaysian community projects.Most of my friends that are lesbians,gays..they are not aware of this projects, maybe due to people’s perspective and how people treating us especially here in our country. I hope to get feedback from you soon.thank you

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  1. The Schism of Seksualiti | Tilted World Says:

    […] Seksualiti Merdeka is an annual sexuality rights festival held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia featuring a programme of talks, workshops, theatre and music performances organised by a coalition of Malaysian NGOs, artists and individuals. According to the organisers, the purpose of the festival, which has been organised annually since 2008, is not to change the minds of the public to embrace the values of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender ( LGBT ) community, but to consolidate the LGBT community, and empower Malaysians to recognise their rights. […]

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