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Gay Malaysian Man's Wedding in Ireland Sparks Fury at Home, Government Action


Ariff Alfian Rosli, a Malaysian national who has been studying in Ireland for eight years, is under fire from his home country after photos were published showing his wedding to his civil partner (identified only as Jonathan) at Dublin City Hall, the Irish Times reports:

The pictures were published on the front pages of some local newspapers and have been the source of criticism from numerous political groups in Malaysia, where same-sex sexual relationships are illegal and punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The Malaysian police have been urged by Muslim groups to investigate the issue on the basis that Mr Rosli has failed to adhere to the country’s Islamic laws. The controversy has prompted the Malaysian prime minister’s office to issue a statement pledging to investigate the matter.

An official from Malaysia’s ruling political party is reportedly due to arrive in Dublin later this week to convince Mr Rosli to return home.

AriffSaid Rosli:

“I am not missing. The Irish authorities know I am legally resident here. The Malaysian embassy has also been aware for several years that I am residing here legally. I feel I have have been inadvertently thrust into the public eye. I just want to get by without upsetting anyone or causing any trouble. My overriding concern is for my family.”

The Malaysian Insider reports:

Local criticism of the same-sex union has been swift and harsh, with mainly Muslim users attacking Ariff Alfian on Twitter for straying from Islam and dishonouring his family.

“Ariff Alfian Rosli is a disgrace! Rot in hell!” user @DTOTHEZAK wrote on the popular micro-blogging site.

Another user, @shkyla, wrote: “Looking at those wedding pictures of Ariff Alfian, makes me want to vomit. Blergh, disgusting.”

Muslim groups have also been quick to condemn Ariff Alfian, with the Kepong Islamic Youth Organisation (PBIK) lodging a police report yesterday over his alleged failure to adhere to Malaysia’s Islamic laws. Other critics have taken a different tack, preferring instead to “rehabilitate” what they saw as a Muslim who had strayed far from the teachings of Islam. This includes the Facebook group, “The Campaign to Bring Ariff Alfian Rosli Home to Malaysia to Save His Faith”, which was set up on Saturday.

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  1. Like- do u ( Malaysia) not have enough problems with fighting poverty and living conditions that you have enough resources to send an official to bribe,coax, force a gay guy back to your country to beat him up or kill him??!!!!!

    THIS is the problem- one of the many problems- that thir world countries have- meddlesome religion.

    Posted by: Scott | Dec 20, 2011 12:15:48 PM

  2. LOl, they're actually sending someone to convince him to come home. gth, Malaysia.

    Posted by: Erem | Dec 20, 2011 1:35:06 PM

  3. First of all- sorry for my bad English
    So, to clear things up about Malaysia, the official religion for this country is Islam itself... The Muslims there are almost the same with the Muslims in other Islam countries- aggressive. But, please,please,please just don't hate the country as a whole only because of their preposterous actions. I'm sure there are some descent things for us to appreciate in Malaysia. Above all, yes, it is illegal to be married with same sex in Malaysia, but, c'mon,he is already a legal citizen there in Ireland. SO, he can do what ever he wants to do with his personal life...da..

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 20, 2011 3:06:58 PM

  4. I hope he refuses to speak with any officials they may send. I'm sure he knows that he wouldn't be safe. I could see them pressuring him with threats to his family. I hope his family is OK - unless they are just hoping for a shot at honor-killing their prodigal son. If that is the case I hope they suffer terribly.

    Posted by: fanboi | Dec 20, 2011 3:45:41 PM

  5. And that’s exactly how Muslims are a collective mass of delusional wackos.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Dec 20, 2011 3:45:47 PM

  6. religion has become the bane of humanity in all its forms.....

    Posted by: John Simpson | Dec 20, 2011 3:57:25 PM

  7. @Willard - maybe we can get Derek to do the eugoogoly.

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 20, 2011 4:35:43 PM

  8. Congratulations to you both! Note: Do not go back to Malaysia.

    Posted by: Carlos | Dec 20, 2011 4:36:53 PM

  9. Dear People,

    The thing is this guy owes Petronas nearly RM1mil as he didn't finish his studies within the timeframe.

    If you want to stay in Ireland, fine. Just be a man, act like one, settle your loan and don't burden your parents!

    Posted by: suchi | Dec 20, 2011 5:42:20 PM

  10. I hope the garda has supplied these two with additional security. My concern is for some other Muslim in Ireland already who will attempt an honor killing. This couple's safety is seriously at risk because of all this publicity.

    Posted by: Sean | Dec 20, 2011 5:54:28 PM

  11. I hope and believe Ireland will keep Ariff Rosli safe. Congratulations to the couple on their new life together

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 20, 2011 6:20:17 PM

  12. This is quite hypocritical considering that Muslim countries are amongst the Worlds leaders at downloading gay porn.

    Posted by: Omar Haq | Dec 20, 2011 6:44:26 PM

  13. the bottom line on all of this is , with some exceptions, religion is the curse of humanity.

    they always need someone different to hate. it gets them more money in the collection plate.

    Here for example in the USA the Lutherans are good people. the Evangelical Lutherans allow gay minsisters in relationships

    And i've met some from the more conservative groups and asked about gay marriage

    And simply been told they dont do it, but gave me a contact in the Evan Lutheran church to help me if I wanted to get married to a same sex partner.

    yet go back to as late as nazi germany and the lutherans there still hated jews, as did Martin Luther in the 1600s

    Yes there are some good religions but the catholic church of the endless hidden molestation of children cant stand anyone who is 'different" - because faith is just that, and once they open the door a crack, they know the whole rotten edifice will come tumbling down.

    Same as the soutehrn baptist types who gave us slavery, the kkk, and segregation.

    Gays are just their latest victims

    Posted by: stevemd2 | Dec 21, 2011 3:50:26 AM

  14. ..... He is a scumbag not because he's gay... He is a scumbag because he took a study loan for a medical degree that he did not complete, and now his retired parents are stuck with his 1 million dollars in education debt.

    Posted by: Azzie | Dec 22, 2011 12:54:21 AM

  15. As someone who is Malaysian residing in the UK and have recently had my civil partnership with my partner of more then 12 years... I am sad to see this happening... Malaysia is still a nice place to visit but will never be my home anymore...home is with my partner.

    He doesn't need to to go back to Malaysia if he doesn't want to but should seek legal advice ASAP and I wish them both all the luck.

    Posted by: Pat | Dec 22, 2011 4:35:58 PM

  16. emm ..sounds like in Malaysia people are really refusing the idea ,,
    can anyone tell me how many transsexual people in Malaysia ..and its legal and no one says a thing about it ,,or maybe the gays site dating in Malaysia ,,
    something aint right ,,

    Posted by: jonfer | Dec 25, 2011 11:25:39 PM

  17. gay or not, settle your study loan like everybody else.

    Posted by: brad | Dec 30, 2011 6:11:27 AM

  18. First and foremost... IF you come from a Muslim country and figure out a way for a company in your country to PAY for your education in another country...then STOP whining and crying about how your sexual orientation is being used to harass you. THINK about it, for Pete's sake...YOU are announcing this to the whole world. Why not just SHUT UP, do your stuff in private, and when you have reached the time required, apply for citizenship in that country you chose to go to, become a citizen there. IF you think the world revolves around YOU, and that YOU get to make the rules, you are more than ignorant... you are STUPID! NO MUSLIM Nation is going to go along with what you want in this lifetime... maybe in a few hundred years, but not not anytime now. So STOP crying about it, you KNOW your culture, and do what you have to do get out of those hell hole places, and STAY out of them as well!

    Posted by: cheche | Feb 3, 2013 9:27:55 PM

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