Malaysia ranks second worst for trans rights, MP defends constitution

Malaysia has been ranked as the second worst country globally for transgender rights, according to a recent Global Trans Rights Index report. Pasir Mas MP Ahmad Fadhli Shaari, however, believes that upholding the values set in the Federal Constitution justifies the country’s poor ranking. The index gave Malaysia a score of -105 and the highest danger rating of F, indicating that transgender individuals face significant obstacles and are targeted by the police.

Ahmad Fadhli Shaari stated, “Maybe from some certain point of view we are not happy with this report, but when faced with the values set in the Federal Constitution, even if we have to face a bad index like this, I think it’s worth it.” He made these comments while participating in a debate on the annual report of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) in Parliament.

Shaari also emphasised that the Malaysian government should not be intimidated by international pressure. He further congratulated the Home Ministry for their recent confiscation of Swatch watches linked to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. “I hope that our friends in the Home Ministry will continue to carry out their responsibility in accordance with the laws. Don’t be intimidated by international pressure,” he added.

The Global Trans Rights Index report highlights the challenges faced by transgender individuals in Malaysia, as well as the country’s resistance to international pressure for change. The debate on this issue in Parliament reflects the ongoing struggle for transgender rights in the nation, with some politicians advocating for the preservation of traditional values, while others call for greater inclusivity and protection of human rights.

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Lee Shuyi

Lee is an expat writer living in Thailand. She specialises in Southeast Asian news for the Thaiger. When she's not writing, Lee enjoys immersing herself in Thai culture and learning Thai.

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