Stop hauling transgenders into court, human rights group tells Putrajaya

Source: The Malaysian Insider

International non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch says transgender women in Malaysia are regularly abused by the authorities. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 22, 2015.

International non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch says transgender women in Malaysia are regularly abused by the authorities. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 22, 2015.

Malaysian authorities need to immediately abolish laws against cross-dressing, said Human Rights Watch after a Kelantan shariah court sentenced nine transgender women to fines and jailing last month.

The international non-governmental organisation which researches and advocates human rights said such laws discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

“Malaysian authorities need to stop hauling transgender people into court simply because of who they are and what they wear,” said Neela Ghoshal, a senior LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“The government needs to recognise that the freedom to express your gender is as fundamental as any other freedom.” Read more

500 transit houses for flood victims to be upgraded to permanent units

Source: The Rakyat Post

KOTA BARU, June 21, 2015 — The federal government will upgrade more than 500 transit houses for flood victims to permanent units.

Kelantan Post-Flood Joint Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the transit homes, each with one or two bedrooms and a bathroom, were built by various parties, including the private sector and non-governmental organisations.

“We will add to make it three bedrooms and two bathrooms for each transit house, just like the permanent houses built by the government,” he said at a news conference here today on the progress of building permanent homes for flood victims in Kelantan. Read more