TRANSGENDERS are people whose self-identity does not match their assigned gender identity.
Transgenders are different but they are people. They have rights and feelings.
15 June 2017
Govt should act against LGBT movement, says preacher
THE lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is growing as a result of technological advances and needs to be stopped, said popular preacher Hassan Mahmud Al-Hafiz.
Hassan said the government should enforce existing laws to hinder the movements of the LGBT community nationwide.
“As a long-term measure, the government should also introduce laws to prevent citizens from falling into such movements,” he told Sinar Harian.
Meanwhile, Hassan slammed a buka puasa event organised for LGBT on June 10 and said it was against Islam.
He said such events ridiculed Islam’s teaching which bans homosexuality among its followers.
Jojie Kamaruddin, ‘Nasi Lemak Pondan’ seller, “I want to show people that not all pondans are sex workers. I want them to see that we can make an honest living.”
22 March 2017
Her success story is even more compelling considering that Jojie, who is a fashion designer and wedding planner by profession, only decided to sell the Malaysian favourite to earn some extra money.
‘Nasi Lemak Pondan’ seller gives people food for thought
Jojie Kamaruddin wants to change the people’s perception about Mak Nyahs and says whatever men and women can do, transgenders can do too.
KUALA LUMPUR: “Pondan”, a derogatory term used on men who appear effeminate, is probably not the worst thing Jojie Kamaruddin has been called.
There are many, she revealed, who believed that she and her kind should be rightfully condemned by society.
While it upsets her, she’s not angry and has come to accept that such abuse is something she has to contend with, but not without putting up a decent fight.
In fact, she has capitalised on the slur used to describe transgenders, by selling “Nasi Lemak Pondan” which ironically turned her into something of an internet sensation after pictures of her food stall went viral.
What’s even more fascinating is that despite having opened for business only 10 days ago, Jojie has been deluged by a stream of customers, who have been making a beeline for her stall.
“I want to show people that not all pondans are sex workers. I want them to see that we can make an honest living,” she told FMT.
Many people, Jojie said, ostracised the transgender community.
Not all customers however have welcomed her with open arms. There have been detractors aplenty, some of whom claimed the food she prepared was “haram” (prohibited in Islam).
Others however have patronised her stall at Jalan Sri Permaisuri Cheras and have had nothing but good things to say about her nasi lemak.
JEMPOL REPORT: COURT ROOMLast Sunday, 8 June 2014, 17 transwomen including a minor were arrested at a wedding in FELDA Sungai Lui Timur by the Negeri Sembilan state religious department, or Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Sembilan (JHEAINS). They were arrested under Section 66 of the Negeri Sembilan Syariah Criminal Offences Act. Section 66 reads that any male person who, in any public place, wears a woman’s attire and poses as a woman shall be guilty of an offense and shall on conviction be liable to a fine not exceeding RM1000, imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both.
As changing gender marker on legal documents is not permitted in Malaysia, transwomen (or mak nyahs), are not recognised as female.
All 17 of them who were detained overnight at JHEAINS, were brought to court on Monday morning. The minor was released on probation, but is required to present herself at JHEAINS monthly for 12 months. The other 16 transwomen were charged under Section 66. They were not informed of their rights to legal representation and therefore pled guilty. None of them have prior arrests or convictions under this law.
The 16 transwomen were found guilty under Section 66 and were fined RM950 each along with a 7 day prison sentence in Sungai Udang. Should they fail to pay the amount, their sentence will be extended to six months.
There is little doubt that the punishment meted is too excessive for a group of people who have never been arrested or convicted under this law. Additionally, imprisonment will have severe consequences on these mak nyahs’ livelihoods and integrity. As wedding planners (or mak andam), they have prior bookings to carry out, some even with advance payment.
On Wednesday, a stay of sentence was filed at the Syariah Lower Court in order to review the decision and reduce the punishment against these transwomen. The lack of compassion from authorities and the rigidity of the legal system severely delayed this task. That morning, the transwomen were once again presented to the Syariah Court, handcuffed in pairs, heads shaved, and nails cut short. The handcuffs were not removed even for toilet breaks. Instead, they were switched to longer linked handcuffs and were told to go in pairs. A few mak nyahs complained the handcuffs were too tight.
At 2pm, the application was heard.
The Syariah courtroom galleries are segregated by gender. All the mak nyahs were expected to sit in the male section. When there were no vacant seats, transwomen who arrived late sat in the women’s section. Before the hearing commenced however, the judge openly questioned the gender of these transwomen and demanded they move to the male section despite lack of seating. He asserted that if they did not abide to his demands, he had the authority to detain them under Section 66. He said, “Dalam dewan, says pun berkuasa juga untuk tahan (kamu) di bawah Seksyen 66.”
The judge continued to intimidate these transwomen and the lawyers. As the lawyer finished her introduction, the judge asked her to give him ten reasons why he should grant the stay of sentence. He counted every reason given and claimed that each one was not good enough. Before their handcuffs could be removed, the judge requested each mak nyah to stand at the witness stand while their affidavits were read. As each person stood in the witness stand, the judge commented on their shaven heads, even saying that the transwomen now looked “segak” or “handsome.” The judge added “Wouldn’t it be better if [you] are in prison?”
The state persecutor raised no objection to these comments, and proposed a bail of RM1,000 per detainee and for them to be bailed by family. The judge agreed to this proposal. He stated only the parents could bail the detainees and demanded one transwoman to bring all parents to court within 30 minutes.
The judge asked the first two transwomen at the witness stand if their parents were still alive. When one of them replied that her parents were in Kuala Lumpur and her father is ill, the judge insisted both parents appear together in court to bail her out.
The other transwoman replied her parents were in a different district. The judge replied that he will only allow the bail if she can produce both money and parents in court within the next 30 minutes.Family members of one transwoman were present in court and wanted to be bailed. However, the judge warned that she should be released on bail; she may have to appear in court for the next year, since review of the decision will take time. He told her she might as well not waste her time and money and carry out the remaining 2 days of her sentence. He warned that her next court appearance “when the review fails” will result in a rearrest under Section 66 if she was not bald.The fourth transwoman chose to withdraw the stay and continue her sentence. The lawyers called for a break to discuss. In light of the judge’s behaviour, the remaining transwomen then decided to unanimously withdraw the stay of sentence and remain in prison.
After all, handcuffed in pairs, wearing identical plastic flip flops, shaved heads, and prisoners’ garbs, their identities had already been damaged. Some were self-conscious of visible facial hair. Collectively, their appearances were a far cry from the wedding party they worked for, were invited to, and subsequently arrested at. To boost morale, they discussed buying wigs once they were released from prison.Thanks to the generosity of people, these transwomen received sufficient funding for bail. However, the judge’s conditions for the stay of sentence were too restrictive, and tasking them to present family members within 30 minutes was a deal-breaker. For some, it was logistically impossible. Others were estranged from their families or did not want to be seen in their present condition.
As they were leaving the courtroom, the 16 transwomen expressed concern that their decision to continue their sentence would affect the advocacy work supporting them. They expressed they didn’t want to disappoint a supportive public.The constitutionality of Section 66 is being reviewed at the Court of Appeal. The next hearing is on 17 July 2014.
— Transwoman arrested in Bahau
8:36AM Jun 14, 2014
‘Kicked and choked’, transwomen relate ordeal
They claim that their clothes were ripped off and that they were choked and kicked. The 17 transgender women arrested by Islamic authorities at a wedding last week would never forget the dreadful experience.
Advocacy group ‘I am you: Be a trans ally’ has posted on Facebook what had transpired on the night of June 9 in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan.
The transwomen were wedding planners and invited guests at a residence in Felda Lui Timur. Some 30 transwomen, also known as ‘mak nyahs’, were present.
At 9pm, the transwomen were enjoying themselves with a joget lambak dance but around midnight a number of patrol vehicles arrived.
Within 15 minutes, a man was on the premises, announcing himself as an officer of the Negeri Sembilan Islamic Affairs Department (Jheains) but this was hardly audible to the crowd, according to the advocacy group’s account.
“However, this man and 20 plainclothes officers began immediately arresting the mak nyahs present, causing much confusion and panic.
“The surprised mak nyahs found themselves grabbed by unknown men and instinctively resisted. A few evaded arrest. They were also traumatised and injured…,” said the posting.
The victims were isolated from other guests at the wedding, and then brought to Jheains headquarters in a police truck.
The transwomen were held until 10am before they were marched to the nearby Syariah Lower Court barefooted on a tarred road, said the advocacy group.
Prior to that, they were also made to clean the rooms they were detained in at Jheains and clean out the trash cans in other rooms aside from being subjected to verbal abuse, said the group.
“As they have never been arrested under Section 66 of the Negeri Sembilan Syariah Criminal Offenses and did not have legal representation, the mak nyahs pleaded guilty to the charges.
“The state prosecutor implored the judge to sentence the mak nyahs severely, under the guise of teaching them a lesson,” it said.
The law provides for punishment of up to RM1,000 and six months in prison for cross-dressing.
Sixteen of the 17 transwomen were fined RM950 and jailed for a week while another, a minor, was made to report to Jheains every month for a year.
The ‘I am you: Be a trans ally’ group has raised RM30,000 to help fund legal fees of those arrested.
5:39PM Jun 10, 2014
Another wedding raided… but over transgenders
After a Hindu wedding in Selangor and a Chinese funeral in Penang, Islamic authorities have now raided a Malay wedding in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan.
However, the Sunday raid had nothing to do with religion but rather over gender and clothes.
According to The Malay Mail Online, the state Islamic authorities detained 17 transgenders for violating a Shariah law ban on cross-dressing.
The women, most of whom make-up artists, were guests at a “joget lambak” session – a traditional Malay dance party – after the wedding.
Quoting an activist, the news portal said the 17 were charged and sentenced yesterday under Section 66 of the state’s Shariah Criminal Enactment 1992.
This was despite the law currently under constitutional review in the Court of Appeal.
It was also reported that Transgender rights group Justice for Sisters (JFS) has started a donation drive to cover the bail.
“They will be sentenced to a male prison, head shaved. Psychological impact is high,” said the plea by JFS on Twitter.