FreeMalaysiaToday: The power of LGBT votes in Malaysia


Reading this piece, makes me wonder few things…

FMT LETTER: From Pang Khee Teik, via e-mail

Around the world, LGBTs represent around 3 to 10 % of the population. Malaysian homo sapiens are not more homo. So it is certainly not 30 % here as recently claimed by a counsellor in Utusan.

This counsellor said his data is solid because he heard it from his gay clients who are being cured of gayness by him. This is what happens when people have a simplistic understanding about the world. This is how our education has failed us.

The Ministry of Education is not the only institution that has failed us. All other Ministries, either in promoting discrimination and misunderstanding of LGBTs or keeping silent when we are discriminated, have also failed us.

But the country has not only failed the LGBTs. It has failed all minorities. This government has only been manipulating and pandering to the majority because it is interested in their votes. This is where they are wrong.

The upcoming General Elections will be a close fight. In many constituencies, the difference between the winning candidate and the losing candidate will be about 3 to 10 % of the votes, the same percentage of LGBTs in society.

LGBT voters therefore make up that difference between winning and losing. With the majority split half and half to either coalition, the fates of this election lies in the fabulous hands of the minorities.

Whether we are out and proud LGBTs or we are in the closet or we are friends and families of LGBTs, we must vote the candidate most likely to create a better future for everyone, minorities and all.

So all you MP wannabes who want our votes?

1 Be nice to us.

2 We don’t need special treatment. We don’t need to be cured. We are fine as we are. We just want equality. Treat us all with respect.

3 We are a peaceful people. We want to make peace with ourselves. We want to make peace with others. Yet many are fighting us. We are not surprised. It is because they are ignorant about us, they misunderstand us. Your task is not to take sides, not to censor, not to ban. Your task is to facilitate peace making. And understanding leads to peace.

4 Give us space to be who we are and to promote our rights. We want to fully participate in society. We are tired of simply existing in the shadows where it becomes easy for others to mistreat us. We want to help make Malaysia a better home for everyone.

5 Educate yourself about us. Talk to us. Hear our side.

6 Educate the public about us. Promote understanding. Give us space to talk about ourselves.

7 Stop saying stupid shit about us or other minorities.

8 Apologise for your party’s stupid shit. Call on your own members to apologise when they say stupid shit.

9 You don’t only represent the people who vote for you. You don’t represent the majority only. For the majority certainly doesn’t represent the minorities. You represent all.

10 Be nice to everyone, especially minorities. Malaysia is big enough for us all.

Seriously, we are watching you now. We have families and friends who care about us too. So don’t mess with us. We are the king and queen makers.

The writer is the co-founder of annual sexuality rights festival Seksualiti Merdeka. Though banned by the police on Nov 2011, Seksualiti Merdeka vows to keep fighting for the rights of LGBTs in Malaysia.

  1. Who have treated LGBTs in a bad way and why?
  2. Are those who treated them bad due to political, or religious or social reason?
  3. What are LGBT’s opinion on their own religious teachings? Or are they atheis?
  4. In what way does they right to live and other rights as Malaysians being denied?
  5. What do they mean by “promoting their rights”?
  6. Does the comments made by politicians or even the public on LGBT is political based, or as normal human being, where logically, men are made for women, and women for men?

I am trying to understand what are their motives. Seriously, I do not know any religion that condone to same sex sexual intercourse. If you do, tell me, and perhaps, any LGBT or pro LGBT (that may not be one of them, but you support them) can come forward and let us discussed here, in public, to understand in what way that these points made in the FreeMalaysiaToday being put on to paper.

Personally, I have not abused any LGBT rights, and neither I supported them.

Or… do they mean, not supporting them is an act of abusing and denying them rights?

 

Question on the street: How many are they, the LGBTs in Malaysia? Are they taking advantage on politicians just for their votes???

3 thoughts on “FreeMalaysiaToday: The power of LGBT votes in Malaysia

  1. “Are those who treated them bad due to political, or religious or social reason?”

    Yes. That is a valid question. Personally, I have never transgressed LGBT’s rights nor do I support them. Live and let live, I say.

  2. 1. Who have treated LGBTs in a bad way and why?

    Some religious people, because they feel the need to condemn what they see as sinful and deliver punishment in the name of their god(s). Some conservative people, because they fear change. Some politicians, because it’s an easy way to get votes from the types of people mentioned earlier. Some common people, just because of the differences or because they are afraid to face their true selves.

    2. Are those who treated them bad due to political, or religious or social reason?

    All of the above. Political – The majority’s votes are always more attractive. When the society is generally homophobic then being homophobic is a simple decision for a politician. Religious – Trying to apply their own religious view on others. They see it as a righteous thing to do, even physical violence and killing is perfectly alright. Social – Change never comes easy. There’s always a faction in the society who wants to maintain status quo. Some have the (ridiculous) thought that the human population will go extinct just because homosexuals do not reproduce. Certain traditions hold that continuing the bloodline is the responsibility of the children.

    3. What are LGBT’s opinion on their own religious teachings? Or are they atheis?

    Many LGBT’s are religious people. They have their own (creative) ways of reconciling their faith with the fact that they are different. Some argue that the interpretation of religious scriptures (holy books etc.) is a highly subjective matter; some find comfort in the premise that their god(s) loves unconditionally. All in all, they believe their religion should be about love and not hate. LGBT atheists are likely the minority, just as atheists are in the whole of Malaysian society.

    4. In what way does they right to live and other rights as Malaysians being denied?

    Discrimination and bullying of LGBT people is rampant. Their human rights are denied when they are not allowed to love and be with who they love, when they are not allowed to express themselves, when they are not even allowed to fight for their own rights.

    5. What do they mean by “promoting their rights”?

    “Promoting their rights” means fighting for freedom and equality, exposing the public to issues faced by the LGBT community and educating them about LGBT. In essence, it’s a struggle for their human rights – their rights as a human being.

    6. Does the comments made by politicians or even the public on LGBT is political based, or as normal human being, where logically, men are made for women, and women for men?

    Many of the anti-LGBT comments made by politicians are politically motivated (as are most of their other remarks). “Men are made for women, and women for men” is a religious argument – not everyone subscribes to the belief that humans are created by a supreme being.

  3. 1. Who have treated LGBTs in a bad way and why?

    Religious nuts and homophobic. Why? Religious nuts are designed to condemn people which they always do (witch trials, the inquisition etc..) And homophobic just plain afraid of homosexuals …

    2. Are those who treated them bad due to political, or religious or social reason?

    Political : Its called argumentum ad populum, meaning politicians will exploits this kind of fear

    Religious : Taking a quote from 2000 year old dogma too seriously without reason nor logic. Being a mindless zombies for their “God”

    Social : People are afraid of the unknown. And there are people who hated gay people because deep down they’re also yearn to be gay ( complete denial, mostly religious issues ) and also the indoctrination of “God hate Fags” at an early age.

    3. What are LGBT’s opinion on their own religious teachings? Or are they atheis?

    For me I’m an agnostic ? heck I don’t take religion too literally. I mean why would God hate me for being gay? He’s the one who made me gay…It is absurd to think that God would create certain people just so he can hate them.

    4. In what way does they right to live and other rights as Malaysians being denied?

    Just read Utusan, I think my IQ went down significantly after reading that travesty. They’re taking credentials from a douchebag named Hushim Salleh who also stated that heterosexual is part of LGBT. They being discriminated, being ridiculed and people demonizing them like some kind of Nazis. They can’t be together and force marriage with a woman ( As i reclaim that force marriage is wrong ) pretty much a shitty life in a sewer dump.

    5. What do they mean by “promoting their rights”?

    It means “Get to know me” . Don’t judge a book by its cover, there are plethora of knowledge and truths behind homosexuality. Educating the society about LGBT and the contribution they have made to this country and the world ( example : Alan Turning The Father Of Computer Science and the other gay fashion designers and gay internal designers *wink* *wink* )
    It’s on par with slavery .

    6. Does the comments made by politicians or even the public on LGBT is political based, or as normal human being, where logically, men are made for women, and women for men?

    Most of em I think came from political based since G.E is coming ( they need to butter up the voters ) but put that matter aside, it does seems that our politicians lack a certain gravitas . And there are no logical explanations to why men have to be with women or vice versa . Homosexual is normal even in the animal kingdom. There are over 450 species of “gay” animals in nature. Which is suggested that it is embedded into our gene but that remains a controversial debate. But as far as I’m concern people think that men are for women and vice versa only because “God” tells them what to do.

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