Bar Council HQ vandalised with red paint

Calling the act irresponsible and cowardly, council chief says incident is connected to its support for the Sekualiti Merdeka festival.

(Free Malaysia Today) – Red paint was splashed at the front entrance of the Malaysian Bar Council headquarters in Kual Lumpur about 1am this morning and the council is convinced that it is related to its support for the Seksualiti Merdeka festival.

Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee said: “It’s an irresponsible and cowardly act. We have information it is connected to the Seksualiti Merdeka festival, as pamphlets criticising the festival were found at the scene.

“Such a reaction to the event is deplorable and must be condemned. Those who hold a different viewpoint on the festival should be civil and engage in discussion and dialogue.”

The council has been supportive of the festival which celebrates the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community to freedom of expression.

An annual feature since 2008, the festival has drawn much criticism this year with right-wing group Perkasa and Islamic party PAS being two of the most vocal detractors.

They alleged that Seksualiti Merdeka promotes unnatural lifestyle. Even Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin weighed in and called the event “immoral”.