Sixty-six Muslim schoolboys in Malaysia identified by teachers as effeminate have been sent to a special camp for counselling on masculine behaviour. An education official said the camp was meant to guide the boys back "to a proper path in life". Gay rights groups have criticised the measure, saying it promotes homophobia in the Muslim-majority country where gay sex is still illegal.
Beware tight clothes, V-neck tops and boys with handbags, authorities in Muslim-majority Malaysia are warning parents -- they could be the "symptoms" of homosexuality in their children. Two teachers' groups, with government blessing, have held seminars recently to advise parents on homosexuality's supposedly tell-tale signs, Malaysian media have reported. For boys, they included muscular bodies and the tendency to show them off in tight-fitting clothes and V-neck or sleeveless tops, the reports said.
The Malaysian government has a throbbing, vein-popping hard-on for gay guys. Besides the government's foolproof scheme of sending a load of gay teenagers to spend time with each other in an effort to make them not gay, the education minister has also just published a handy guide on how to "spot a gay". That guide advises to look out for stuff like a "Muscular body and a fondness for showing off the body," "A fondness for V-neck T-shirts," "A tendency to carry large handbags" and shocker "An inclination to be attracted to men" — so the general public of Malaysia can join in too.
Sweaty young men gyrate on raised podiums to a thumping dance track by Kylie Minogue. Some are in blonde wigs, tight t-shirts, and sunglasses, shimmying in the dim purple light. One is in bondage gear, locked in an embrace with his male partner. It could be a scene from any gay nightclub in the world.
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PM covers a broad spectrum of issues relevant to all sections of Australia's geographically and culturally diverse community. Meredith Griffiths reported this story on Wednesday, April 20, The Terengganu State Education Department is running the camp for 66 boys whose teachers identified them as effeminate.
The film was shared by social activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi on his Facebook profile yesterday, attracting thousands of views and comments. It urges a repentant homosexual to fulfil their desires through marriage or to suppress their appetite through measures including fasting. Conversion therapy consists of psychological treatment or counselling to change a person's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual.
It was and he was living a double life in Malaysia. Not wanting to bring shame on his family by announcing he was gay, the then 31 year-old had a girlfriend but frequented gay nightclubs in secret. When police raided one such club and tabloid newspaper photographers were waiting outside, his secret was exposed.
He said the ban was effective immediately but would only start with state-owned TV and radio stations. He also said the decision will be expanded to cover privately-owned stations as well as satellite TV providers. As for foreign productions, he said the Censorship Board will remove episodes from running TV shows and bar movies with gay characters from being screened locally.