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Voices of Transwomen in Malaysia – Fighting the Hate Video that instigates Violence Against Them

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Kuala LumpurA police complaint has been lodged by the Malaysian Tamil Thirunangai Organisation against a hate video which entreats physical violence against the transgender community in Malaysia.

In response to the complaints made by a group of Indian-Malaysian transgender women, the organisation in its role as a vanguard for transgender communities lodged the complaint at the Dang Wangi police station in Kuala Lumpur.

The video had gone viral on social media earlier this week.

The video opens with several photographs of transgender women from varied ethnicities, mostly Indian, that were taken from their social media accounts.

Transgenders take drugs to ‘change’ from men to women,” says the unrecognisable man in the video, who later also raises concerns regarding the increasing population of transwomen alongside the decline in male population.

The unfathomable voice in this video urges its viewers to question, challenge and even take ‘physical action’ against the transgender community. This must be done, the voice says, to “save” Malaysia along with the Tamil community.

The second part of the video displays an audio clip extracted from a debate in India where a person is heard saying, “cow’s milk contains high level of estrogens hormone and drinking it can turn men into women.

Photo Credits: www.tubetamil.com
Photo Credits: www.tubetamil.com

The organisation’s President Suriya Ramaiah speaks on behalf of the transgender community when she says,””Immediately, the community felt fear. Fear to go out, fear to do normal things, fear to live day-to-day life, worrying what is going to happen to them next.

As per claims made by the Malaysian Tamil Thirunangai Organisation, the accent in the voice is that of an Indian ethnicity used both in Malaysia and Singapore.

(With Inputs from IANS)

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Malaysians protest against the policies of US President Donald Trump

About 61 per cent of Malaysia's population of 31 million people adhere to Islam

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Kuala Lumpur, Feb 3, 2017: Dozens of Malaysians took to the streets of the Malaysian capital to denounce the policies of the new United States President.

The protest on Friday, held in front of the US Embassy, was joined by about 100 people, mostly Malaysian Muslims and small numbers of Chinese and Indian protesters, Efe news reported.

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Around 2 p.m. (local time), they began their rally, which consisted of carrying banners, making speeches and shouting slogans.

A man with a megaphone led the group in chanting “Long Live Islam” in Malaysian and “No Muslim Ban” and “No Wall No Ban”.

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Their placards carried the same message of “#NoWallNoBan” and “#NoMuslimBan”, referencing the controversial executive order issued this week by Donald Trump banning entry to the US for nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries including Syria, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

Many protesters were members of various Malaysian opposition parties and NGOs, with some from the Socialist Alternative group.

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Muhammad Emuzufar, that group’s leader, said that his organisation opposes racism, homophobia and Trump’s alleged anti-Islam stance, and criticized the US president as representing “the worst face of capitalism”.

Around 40 police officers were standing guard near the protest area, but there were no reports of arrests.

About 61 per cent of Malaysia’s population of 31 million people adhere to Islam, with most followers being ethnic Malays. (IANS)

 

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Malaysian Police to Open Counter-Extremist Messaging Center in November

The message will be in three languages English, Malay and Arabic, Police Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar said

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Malaysian police give directions to a tourist outside a popular shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Feb. 23, 2016. BenarNews

Kuala Lumpur, October 23, 2016: Malaysia next month will officially open a messaging center whose mission is to counter online propaganda from Islamic State (IS) and other extremist groups, the nation’s police chief told BenarNews.

The messaging center will be housed at the Malaysian Police Training Center (Pulapol) in Kuala Lumpur, Police Inspector-General Khalid Abu Bakar said last week.

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“Structurally, we are already under way. At first we had an issue regarding the venue, but that’s already been resolved. The PM will launch [the center] in November. We’ve already done a soft start,” Khalid told BenarNews.

Authorities in Malaysia and neighboring Indonesia have long warned of a threat posed by IS and like-minded groups using social media to indoctrinate and recruit local youths as supporters and combatants.

IS has a Malay-language combat unit, known as Katibah Nusantara, made up of fighters from countries where forms of the language are spoken, and which has produced Malay-language propaganda.

Experts from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) are working with police officers to develop content to be disseminated by the center, according to the police chief.

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“We are getting assistance from JAKIM. As you know, we have to be very careful with the content. The content will be in three languages English, Malay and Arabic,” Khalid said.

He added that the Malaysian center had sent officers to Abu Dhabi to learn about the Sawab Center, a messaging center launched by the United States and United Arab Emirates that seeks to “draw out the poisonous propaganda” of IS, according to its website.

At the International Conference on De-radicalization and Countering Violent Extremism in Kuala Lumpur in January, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak spoke about the importance of countering extremist narratives with messaging that was “solid, persuasive and real.”

“It must state clearly why they [IS] are wrong, and why true Muslims will have nothing to do with this ideology of hatred and destruction,” he said.

About 1,000 Southeast Asians had joined IS in Iraq and Syria by the end of 2015, according to the U.S. State Department.

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IS claimed an attack in downtown Jakarta in January 2016 that left eight people dead, including four attackers. An alleged IS supporter was killed Thursday in Tangerang, West Java after attacking police officers with a knife.

Malaysian authorities have arrested at least 230 suspected IS members since 2013 and have charged some 75 suspects linked to the group in court.

Police allege that a Malaysian in Syria ordered a grenade attack at a nightclub on the outskirts on Kuala Lumpur in June that injured eight people, the first IS attack on Malaysian soil. (BenarNews)

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Callers warn of Explosion Threat at Hindu Temple and Bursa Malaysia Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur

The building was re-opened sometime around 15:30 and the public were allowed access again

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Exchange Square of Bursa, Malaysia. Wikipedia
  • A security personnel was warned by certain caller about explosion threat around 12.01 pm at the headquarters of Bursa Malaysia
  • A bomb-disposal unit along with a K9 unit were immediately dispatched to the threatened location
  • Following the threat of the explosion, the building of Bursa was evacuated in the afternoon and all the adjacent streets were protected from intrusion

Oct 01, 2016: Police officials in Malaysia reported that a security personnel was warned by a caller at the headquarters of Bursa Malaysia in the Exchange Square of Kuala Lumpur. On Friday, the caller threatened that an explosion will take place in that building and the Hindu temple standing nearby after the prayers.

After the threat, the security personnel along with a colleague filed a complaint with the police, said Dang Wangi district police chief Zainol Samah. He added further that a K9 unit and a bomb-disposal unit were immediately dispatched to the threatened location, but they could not trace any explosive device!

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Dang Wangi Police Headquarters. Wikimapia

According to the malaysiakini.com report, Samah stated that the investigation by the police is ongoing with the ones that have been involved in this hoax. He also added that the investigation of the case is proceeding under the Penal Code- Section 507.

The public was advised not to panic about the threat in concern and also assured that the police will always be ready to manage all forthcoming situations. Following the threat of the explosion, the building of Bursa was evacuated in the afternoon and all the adjacent streets were protected from intrusion.

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The building was re-opened sometime around 15:30 and the public were allowed access again. Thereafter, the activities went on completely normally in the building, despite the threat.

Bursa reported in a statement to the press that the explosion threat was received by the management around 12.01 pm and as a precaution, the staff and the tenants were evacuated. Business Continuity Plans or BCP also got activated thereafter. Everything has got back to normal and the operations continue in regular pace.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC