‘Seksualiti Merdeka ban against 1Malaysia’

By K Pragalath, FMT

PETALING JAYA: Banning the Seksualiti Merdeka festival goes against the much hyped concept of 1 Malaysia promoted by the the Prime Minister.

New York-based International human rights organisation Human Rights Watch has sent a letter to Najib Tun Razak asking him to rescind the ban .

“Banning the Seksualiti Merdeka Festival blatantly contradicts Prime Minister Najib’s ‘1Malaysia’ call to promote ‘unity in diversity’ in Malaysia and sadly indicates that a discriminatory, homophobic agenda persists within some quarters of the government.

“The prime minister should promptly reverse this wholly unjustified decision and minimize the harm to Malaysia’s reputation,” said Boris Dittrich, advocacy director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights program at Human Rights Watch in a letter dated yesterday to Najib.

The call to rescind the ban comes as a result of Deputy Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar who banned it on the grounds that it constitutes a “threat to public order” under section 298A of the Penal Code.

The Seksualiti Merdeka festival that has been going on since 2008 and was initially scheduled to begin from today until Sunday.