End Laws That Imprison and Oppress the LGTQ Community

Target:. Latheefa Koya, Central Executive Committee member of the People’s Justice Party of Malaysia

Goal: Support the elimination of a Malaysian law that can send gay citizens to prison for 20 years.

Early in February, one of Malaysia’s most prominent newspapers published a ‘how-to’ list for identifying  “gays.” Tight clothing, facial hair, and hand-holding were among the prominent so-called identifiers of homosexual orientation. In mid-2017, their government’s health department sponsored a contest that would reward youth for creating the best homosexuality prevention videos. Earlier in 2017, watchdog groups banned a movie that featured a gay character in a positive light. Every day in Malaysia, individuals face widespread persecution and up to two decades in prison for the crime of being gay.

Due to a law against sodomy and oral sex dating back centuries, homosexual acts between consenting adults are illegal across the country. An even harsher penalty against male homosexuality appears in the Malaysian criminal code. Seemingly every year, the Malaysian government does more to reinforce these discriminatory actions, including praising vigilantes targeting LGBTQ individuals, banning media or foreign dignitaries who openly identify as gay, and suppressing planned pro-LGBTQ demonstrations. With no support from their leaders, untold numbers of Malaysians live in fear for their freedom and even their lives.

Just as it has in the United States and around the world, long-lasting reform will have to come in large part by changing the hearts and the minds of a population that still stands unwilling to grant these individuals their basic liberties. But just as they have around the world as well, the first transformative steps must come from leaders willing to step forward and begin this change. While no political party in Malaysia has officially endorsed repealing the country’s antiquated laws regarding homosexuality, influential members of the People’s Justice Party have shown a willingness to support such a significant step.

Sign this petition to urge party leaders to advocate strongly for repeal as part of the People’s Justice Party’s official platform.


Dear Ms. Koya,

“A society that is just and a nation that is democratic, progressive and united:” this is an ambitious dream for your country that you are striving to make a reality. You have promoted economic equality and equality for all citizens. Every day in your country, however, one group is targeted with isolation and ridicule at best and imprisonment and murder at the tragic worst. Most recently, one of Malaysia’s media outlets earned worldwide condemnation for singling out and endangering this group.

Homosexual and transgendered citizens face much adversity in Malaysian society, but you have shown a promising and courageous initiative to stand for these vulnerable citizens. By voicing your opposition to the laws that unfairly criminalize private acts between consenting adults, you are contributing to a dialogue that needs to take place in Malaysia. The PKR has already made significant strides with the Malaysian people and even more significant inroads in working toward a parliament and a government that will protect all of its people.

Make the repeal of outdated and dangerous anti-LGBTQ laws a key tenet of PKR’s official platform. Please be that same guide and voice for a people left behind for too long.


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Photo Credit: Tony Webster

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