Genitalia doesn’t determine gender identity, trans activist insists despite court ruling

Source: The Malay Mail Online

File picture shows supporters of transgender rights group Justice for Sisters outside the Court of Appeal after the court declared Section 66 of the Negri Sembilan Shariah law unconstitutional in November 2014. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

File picture shows supporters of transgender rights group Justice for Sisters outside the Court of Appeal after the court declared Section 66 of the Negri Sembilan Shariah law unconstitutional in November 2014. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — The sexual organs of an individual should not determine his or her gender identity, a transgender activist said today after a transwoman failed to get court recognition of a gender change.

S. Thilaga, a Justice For Sisters activist, said there is a difference between an individual’s sex or biological condition and the gender he or she identifies with.

“Gender is not decided by your genitals. Gender is determined by how you feel.

“And your life cannot be dictated by your genitals and [it cannot] cost someone their happiness and wellbeing,” the activist told reporters here. Read more

4 refugees in Malaysia tell their stories

Source: The Star Online

Ruba is the principal of SL(T) Refugees International Learning Centre. She is also one of the founders and one-time president of the Sri Lankan Tamils Refugee Organisation of Malaysia . Photo: The Star/Azhar Mahfof

Ruba is the principal of SL(T) Refugees International Learning Centre. She is also one of the founders and one-time president of the Sri Lankan Tamils Refugee Organisation of Malaysia . Photo: The Star/Azhar Mahfof

“No one chooses to be a refugee,” Ruba, 41, says in earnest. Her youthful face belies the troubled life she has led. A Sri Lankan Tamil by birth, she fled her homeland nine years ago with her husband and two sons.

The family packed their lives into one suitcase and boarded a plane for Kuala Lumpur. They were running from a country riven by civil war, where their livelihoods had been threatened and their lives targeted. On arrival, they stayed in a hotel in Brickfields, barely daring to venture out for fear of arrest. Read more

Still homeless at Ramadan, Kelantan’s flood victims choose tents over relocating

Source: The Malay Mail Online

An aerial view of Pasir Mas in Kelantan inundated by flood water on December 29, 2014. —File pic

An aerial view of Pasir Mas in Kelantan inundated by flood water on December 29, 2014. —File pic

PETALING JAYA, June 19 — The remaining displaced flood victims in Kelantan, numbering 48 families, have refused relocation and chosen to stick to the weather-proof Shelterbox tents until the promised permanent houses are completed.

The secretary of the National Security Council (NSC) in Kelantan, Azhar Mohd Yusof, said out of 97 families provided with Shelterbox, only half had agreed to be temporarily relocated to the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) camp.

While some are genuinely in dire need of proper shelter and have no other alternatives, Azhar said, there were certain families who had abused the temporary provision to garner sympathy from charity groups. Read more

Crime analysts give their take on cross-border human traffickers

Source: The Rakyat Post

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. — Bernama file pic

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. — Bernama file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 18, 2015 — Crime analysts have called for severe punishment for the culprits in the human trafficking cases related to the discovery of illegal detention camps in Perlis recently.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said those involved should even be cited for genocide or mass murder.

“However, it depends on the evidence because we can only prosecute them if we have sufficient proof,” he said. Read more