Malaysia’s pro-GLBT (gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered) event known as ‘Seksuality Merdeka‘ (Sexual Independence) has been banned by the national police as constituting “…a threat to public order”. Compare this crackdown to the Malaysian government’s much more accepting attitude towards those who peddle Islamic supremacy. Presumably the recent Islamofascist ‘Himpun’ rally, which the authorities allowed to proceed, was somehow more ‘beneficial’ for Malaysians.
Imagine the uproar if a Republican governor in the U.S. or a ‘red state’ had done what Malaysia’s Muslim government has done. Where’s the outrage from the many voices and organizations in the West who purportedly stand for GLBT rights? When Muslims suppress the GLBT crowd from speaking out, or when Muslim countries torture and execute homosexuals for the ‘crime’ of being gay, why is it that the so-called ‘human rights’ community in the West, more often than not, has absolutely nothing to say? Could it be that finding fault with Muslims or Islam is not on their agenda? From “Police Ban ‘Seksualiti Merdeka’ Programme – Khalid,” Bernama, 3 November 2011:
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3 (Bernama) — The Royal Malaysia Police today banned
any functions organised by any group relating to the ‘Seksualiti
Merdeka’ programme in the interest of public order.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar said
police had identified and would call everyone involved including former
Bar Council president Datuk S.Ambiga to record their statements.
“Police will take action under Section 27 A (1) (C) of the Police Act
as well as 298 A of the Penal Code to prevent any function relating to
the programme,” he told a media conference, here Thursday.
He said the law in the country did not recognise any deviationist
activity that could destroy the practice of religious freedom.
Religious freedom for whom, exactly?
“Police received many protests from non-governmental organisations
including Islamic and non-Islamic organisations who feared that the
programme could create disharmony, enmity and disturb public order,” he
Merdeka Seksualiti 2011, the five-day programme which started two days
ago at the Annexe Galeri, Central Market here, among other things
called for equal rights for the homosexual and transsexual groups such
as the gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersexual and transgender groups.
Khalid said two police reports had been received so far urging the
police to take action against those for trying to organise the programme
which jeopardised public order.
“Based on the reports and investigation, we will call them up to give
them advice. Firstly, we advise them not to proceed with the programme.
If they are adamant, we will not hesitate to detain them (organisers)
including those who participate,” he said.
He said police urged members of the public not to participate in the programme as it could disturb public order.
“Beginning today, we will stop whatever event carried out by the
organisers and I advise members of the public not to attend any of the
programmes organised by this group.
“The Bar Council should advise the organisers that their action is
against the law. I don’t understand why they (Bar Council) did not
explain to them (on the offence),” he said.
Khalid said as a national security agency, the police were responsible
for public order and they should tackle any threat much earlier.
“Police are not against any human rights to express their opinion. But
when this (programme) crops up and threatens national security, we have
to take action,” he said.
Speaking out on behalf of gays and lesbians is a ‘national security’ threat, but Islamofascists calling for sharia and shrieking baseless conspiracy hysteria is not.
In regards to this latest Malaysian crackdown on the freedom of speech, assembly and expression, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister had this to say. From “DPM hits out at Seksuality Merdeka and claims that it might be politically motivated”, Malaysia Today, November 4, 2011:
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the Deputy Prime Minister has hit out at the organizers of the “˜Seksuality Merdeka” event. He told the organizers to “˜know their limits” and that the event was a waste of time and not beneficial to Malaysians.
He also said that Malaysia has laws, values and limits which the organizers should consider and that it was inappropriate. He stated that such “˜unnatural” sexual activities are not condoned by Malaysians in general and that even if the government does not object, there would be Malaysians who are not comfortable with the event. Muhyiddin also said that the event could be political [sic] motivated.
Presumably everyone is comfortable with Malaysia’s Islamic supremacist agenda and that agenda is not politically motivated?