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Two Malaysian States Set to Double Punishment for Homosexuality: Caning and 20 Years in Prison Not Enough

Following last week's banning of a gay arts festival in Malaysia comes word that two Malaysian states are planning to increase their penalties for homosexuality, Reuters reports:

Pahang_malaysiaHomosexuality is punishable by law in Malaysia by caning and up to 20 years in jail, but the legal amendments planned by Pahang and Malacca religious authorities would give the state governments additional ammunition.

If the proposed changes came into force, a Muslim homosexual could be punished under both federal and state religious charges, meaning that jail terms could run consecutively and result in longer time.

Analysts said the proposed amendments hinted at an increasing intolerance toward homosexuality and could erode support for the government among the majority ethnic Malays, who are Muslims by birth.

The new penalties would apply not only to gays but those who support them, according to Malacca Islamic Religious Department chairman  and Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam: "We want to put it in the enactment so that we can enforce it and bring them to our sharia (Islamic law) court. Then we can charge them for promoting or supporting these illegal activities."

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  1. Well I will certainly be crossing Malaysia off my list of holiday destinations, including Malaysia airlines as a choice of airline.

    Posted by: James | Nov 13, 2011 8:14:44 PM

  2. I think the U.S. should stop aiding other countries all together. Who cares about whether they accept homosexuals or not. Quit relying on the U.S. to help out...Fend for yourselves.

    Posted by: Supporter | Nov 17, 2011 11:49:10 PM

  3. Also, homosexuality is not a choice. Why do people even care what other people do if it's not effecting them. I know as a homosexual I could care less what other people, let alone other countries think about how I live my life. There are more important things that people need to worry about. Live your life, and we will live ours how we were created to live it. That's why we have hate crimes because of people that waste their time and effort worried about who is sleeping with who.

    Posted by: Supporter | Nov 17, 2011 11:58:45 PM

  4. also, tourism is a Big money maker..So we should tell them they will loose our tourism..Than we should target it if they don't follow through..It means millions of dollars to them..

    Posted by: miles | Nov 11, 2011 8:46:08 PM

    Dear Miles,

    First of all, the whole world knows that Americans do not travel much. I spent a solid 5 years working and traveling across Asia, Australia, and Europe... and guess what, I don't meet that many Americans. However, there were tonnes of people from other countries whom I've met.

    Having said that, I however, don't blame the Americans for not travelling much. Your bunch thinks that your country has everything and there isn't any need to see other parts of the world. You guys don't feel the need to experience/discover/learn from other people. And that is YOUR loss.

    Having said all these much... go on, tell the other Americans to not visit Malaysia. I believe Malaysia won't be affected at all.

    stop condemning a country for its not-so-liberal attitude towards the gay community. while malaysia probably puts a lot of restrictions on the LGBT community, at least they don't go around bombing other countries in the name of 'enlightenment' or 'freedom'. seriously, how does your president sleep at night?

    ps: i am gay.

    Posted by: Karl Hendrix | Dec 20, 2011 11:17:35 AM

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