Homosexuality is outlawed in Malaysia, the State is increasingly hunt for gay. If you are put on trial, face up to 20 years in prison. Campaign strategists to discredit rivals exploit the witch hunt in the political business - as well.
Anwar Ibrahim is a famous man in Malaysia. He was Minister of finance and Deputy Premier. Now the 64 leads the opposition. Human rights activists call him the "voice of democracy" in their country. In the coming elections, he would quite have chances to beat Prime Minister Najib Razak - if it not for alleged homosexuality in court, for the second time in his long political career. The verdict is to be announced on January 9, 2012. Anwar expects a prison sentence of up to 20 years with "the worst" – according to Malaysian laws.
In the six days before the verdict he wants tours now again like a whirlwind through nine Malay States. "A lot of people pray for that I will be acquitted," he says. "And I want to reaffirm all that I am innocent." He wants to convince people "that it comes when the prosecution only to prevent my candidature for the elections".
Because homosexuality will be still outlawed in Malaysia's Muslim society and relentlessly pursued by Justice - alone suspicion, as the example Anwar Ibrahim shows, can be a political weapon. The opposition had been brought ever for alleged homosexuality in dubious legal proceedings to case: the then Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad, as his successor was already open is traded, 1998 unexpectedly dismissed him from his post as Deputy Prime Minister. Until then, the unconventional intellectual had counted as a future star in Malaysian politics.
But instead, he was sentenced to long prison terms in two controversial processes: 1999 to six years for alleged corruption. A year later he received an additional sentence of nine years, because he should have forced his chauffeur to homosexual acts. But 2004 judgment was lifted by the Supreme Court, and the justices was: "Anwar would need to be acquitted immediately." Because the whole process was more than questionable: the House in which was his driver allegedly having sex forced to have should, was not yet built at the time of the "crime". A person had, been forced under torture to a false statement as he admitted in the appeal proceedings.
Scholarship against perjury
This time all the popular opposition politician making silence by a Pliant judiciary with bogus evidence speaks. The witness is Mohd Saiful, a young man who was the 2008 as aides in his election campaign had hired. Was it was managed at the time to the opposition shortly before national elections in Malaysia. She threatened to become dangerous for the ruling party "United Malays National Organisation" (UMNO). Anwar's new employee showed his boss after proven pattern: Anwar had forced him to gleichgeschlechtlichem sex, the accusation was again. Mohamad bin his opponent Mahathir it but not much avail. His Government Alliance is lost the two-thirds majority for the first time since the country's independence in 1963 and in 5 out of 13 States even the majority. The opposition parties won almost half of the votes. Was moved in the Parliament.
But still the thing with the display of Mohd Saiful had not stood out. There is no evidence for the claim of the alleged victim after matching reports. But did that Mohd Saiful, had paid two days before he the display against Anwar, was met with Prime Minister Najib Razak emerged. While Najib should have spoken with his political opponent--a possible scholarship campaign helpers. However, the process was opened in February 2010. Shortly after the verdict announced on 9 January has been, there should be early elections after media speculation. If script is Najib Razaks without his Challenger was on.
Merciless hunting on homosexuals
Because Malaysia is one of the 76 States, where homosexuality is still punishable. Subject to clause 377 of the Malaysian Penal Code, homosexual acts are punishable, even if they happen by mutual agreement. The maximum penalty is 20 years in prison. Caning be often Additionally prescribed by their judges the delinquents.
Not only politicians such as Anwar Ibrahim have fallen this merciless law to the victims. A real hunt on homosexuals was held in the past few years, the laws were tightened again and again. Since 1994, the presence of gays and lesbians in the State-controlled media is prohibited. 2007 ordered the former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad bin, that homosexuals may serve in public office. The State television showing documentaries from the gay community to demonstrate the "perversity" of same-sex relationships. Again and again, raids are conducted at gyms, clubs and massage parlours in Kuala Lumpur, where there is a vibrant gay and lesbian scene in spite of persecution.
57 Young people who had fallen on her teachers as "effeminate", were inserted in April of this year in a re-education camp. The US rocker Adam Lambert made in October 2010 after mass protests by members of the ruling party "out of respect for the Government" to its program with homosexual scenes "a couple of small fixes". And Lady Gaga's "born this way" may be played only in the form of State-censored in Malaysia.
Where "help coconut milk and lemon to homosexuality"
In November, the Government banned even the gay and lesbian Festival "Seksualiti Merdeka" (sexual freedom), which annually around 1500 attracted participants since 2008 in Kuala Lumpur. Justification for the ban: the event threatens national security. Festival organizer Pang Khee Teik complains: "The decision of the police is a symptom of the systematic collapse of human rights in this country."
But there are even more. In the States of Penang and Malacca, the laws should be escalated dramatically: homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals should be punished in the future not only to article 377 of the Penal Code. In addition, the Sharia, the Islamic law threatens them. May be punished even heterosexual "inactive supporters", advocating for the rights of gays and lesbians in the future in Malaysia.
Thus, Malaysia's leaders certainly rely on people will. Just on the country, homosexuals are mercilessly persecuted, banned and vilified. As the Malay Pastor Boon Lin Ngeo married his partner in the United States in August and did so known on the Internet, a storm of protest by Malaysia went, again and again fanned by Government and clergy. Also the Malay student Arrif Alfian Rosli, who has married his boyfriend in December in Ireland, was berated in Internet forums and assemblies of protest in his homeland and - even death threats. The State oil company of Petronas called the scholarship by the parents of the students, that he had paid him.
What has only to do gay be with swine flu?
Professor Palaniappan, however, was allowed to declare even the crude theory in the State News Agency Bernama that masturbate and gay traffic leads to swine flu. "After such practices," he said full conviction, "the body is through and an easy target for swine flu." Hetero sex, however, was harmless. The inventor of a "ecological system of healing" touted as "Antidote" against homosexuality and swine flu coconut milk, pomelos, oranges and lemons. 33 Years he worked on the development of this system, the professor announced proudly.
In this climate of uncertainty and tracking it appeared the gay and lesbian scene Malaysia's first as a miracle, as a gay film in the theaters of the country came in March of this year: "...Dalam Botol"(...in a bottle). Though had to be the film dramatically defused before its premiere on pressure of State censorship and deleted from the original title the term "Anu" (Penis). The rush to the cinemas was still so large that the Strip once again played its costs in just five days and came to the profit zone.
Its content is rather schwulenfeindlich: the film tells the story of the young, gay Isolda Rubidin and Ghaus. Because of the ban on homosexuality can Rubidin out of love to his partner perform a sex-change operation in itself, "Ruby". But now spurns his new "Mistress" Ghaus, leaves - and the romance becomes the object lesson: the disappointed "Ruby" at once again turns back into a man, in love with a woman, and is finally happy in the new relationship – Happy ending à la Malaysia.