That was the comment I left on the online petition for sexuality rights in Malaysia. I am petitioner No. 28.
TO THE MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT:
We, the undersigned, call upon the Malaysian Government to stop policing the moral and sexual practices and behaviour of Malaysian citizens; and violating the human rights of Malaysians by persecuting them for engaging in behaviours such as cross-dressing and (for women) dressing in ‘unacceptable’ ways; or sexual practices such as consensual anal and oral sex.
There are a whole host of laws which are used by the State to control and regulate the sexual and moral behaviours and practices of Malaysians. These include:
* Section 377A of the Penal Code which defines sodomy (or anal intercourse) and fellatio (oral sex) as ‘unnatural offences’. Those convicted of these acts – whether in consensual or non-consensual situations – can be sentenced to up to 20 years jail and whipped.
*The Minor Offences Act which can be used against those whom the authorities view as behaving “inappropriately” in public.
* Syariah laws which criminalise ‘khalwat’ (being in close proximity with a person of the opposite sex who is not a relation) and ‘zina’ (adultery); as well as cross-dressing and homosexual sex.
While we understand that some people disapprove of these acts or behaviours, we believe that these are essentially matters of personal conscience, and it should be left to the persons concerned to decide on them for themselves. It is not the State’s role to play moral guardian to the people or to dictate to them how they should express their sexuality.
Read the rest HERE, and sign the petition if you like.