Thursday, October 11, 2012

Brought the wrong pendrive and came accross an article

dear teha, i so hope you can understand the fact that ive brought the wrong pendrive to work today so i couldnt show you the pictures. i have the memory card with me but heheheh. pc ofisku tidak boleh read. too bad. so i am super sorry for the super long delay.

that, and somehow as i was browsing, looking for some news online, i came accross this one pretty interesting article from http://www.nytimes.com and mcm lost of words terus. hmm.

Seeking the Right to Be Female in Malaysia

SEREMBAN, MALAYSIA — The feminine figure dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, makeup carefully applied, drew little attention from other customers at the fast-food restaurant in Seremban, a city about an hour’s drive south of Kuala Lumpur.

The 26-year-old began wearing women’s clothing at age 13. Thanks to plastic surgery in neighboring Thailand, a daily dose of hormones and a feminine nickname, she is able to present herself as female to the outside world.
But her official identification card — which Malaysians must produce in dealings like job interviews — declares that her name is Adam Shazrul Bin Mohammad Yusoff and that she is male.
The discrepancy between her appearance and her officially recognized gender presents much more than just awkward moments in Malaysia, where Shariah, or Islamic law, bans Muslim men from dressing or posing as women.
Penalties differ in individual states, but in Negri Sembilan, where the 26-year-old lives, convicted offenders may be sentenced to up to six months in prison, fined as much as 1,000 ringgit, about $325, or both.
Tired of living in fear of prosecution, the 26-year-old — who has been arrested twice and was once fined 900 ringgit — and three other transgender people are challenging the law in the secular courts, arguing that it violates the Malaysian Constitution, which bans discrimination based on gender and protects freedom of expression.
A verdict in their case — the first time anyone has sought to overturn the law — is expected next Thursday.
“It’s for freedom — to be like everybody else, to wear what we like,” said the 26-year-old, explaining why she is taking part in the case. “This shouldn’t happen. It’s an unjust law. We are just human beings. We are not doing anything wrong.”
Transgender people — those who act like, dress as or feel themselves to be the sex opposite of what they were born — say they are often ostracized in Malaysia, a Muslim-majority country where homosexual acts are also banned and punishable by caning and as much as 20 years’ imprisonment.
Some states also have laws that bar Muslim women from dressing as men, but activists say the religious authorities focus mainly on those born male who wear women’s clothes.
Across the Asia-Pacific region, transgender people are subject to discrimination, harassment, and verbal, sexual and physical abuse within their families, at school, in workplaces, in the provision of services and in society more broadly, according to a report released in May by the U.N. Development Program.
The report states that there could be as many as 9.5 million transgender people across the Asia Pacific region and that “alarming numbers” of transwomen — men who identify or present as women — are H.I.V. positive.
Support groups say transgender people in Malaysia face considerable discrimination. They say they often struggle to find work, prompting some to turn to sex work, and that they often face abuse, sometimes by the authorities.
The 26-year-old and the three other litigants in the court case — Mohammad Juzaili Bin Mohammad Khamis, Shukur Bin Jani and Wan Fairol Bin Wan Ismail — have all been arrested on accusations of dressing as women.
Two of their cases are continuing, pending the outcome of the judicial review.
The four are arguing not only that the law is unconstitutional but also that it should not apply to them because they have been diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder.
The 26-year-old, who supplements the money she earns as a makeup artist with sex work, said religious officers groped her when they arrested her.
“They were very rough,” she said, adding that she is fortunate that her family accepts her, unlike the case for some of her friends.
She said that she turned down a job offer at a bank when its managers insisted that she cut her hair short, and that she turned to sex work because it helped pay for the “monthly maintenance” required to keep her looking female, including hormones, and allowed her to dress as she liked.
One of the other litigants, a 25-year-old makeup artist who has been fined 1,000 ringgit on three occasions for dressing as a woman, said religious officers had once punched her in the face.
She said she wanted to officially change her name and gender, because it was stressful knowing that she could be arrested at any time and jailed.
“This is not just for me,” she said of the court case.
“It’s also for the community. This is something that needs to be done. We need to highlight the existence of transpeople in this country,” she said.
The Negri Sembilan State and central government departments responsible for Islamic affairs did not respond to requests for comment.

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while i dont condone such behaviour, i am againts those yg discriminate these people. let them work lah at least, and dont discriminate. i know it's not easy not to judge but i usually always always make sure that i smile and be nice to them especially those yg work in shops/fastfood outlets. because they didnt do anything wrong to me kan.. :)

however, i still think that they should not go as far as challenging the law. the shariah law. hmm, dont think im in the right position to say much bout this but... it really is sad actually..when they themselves are born Muslim but end up like this. sampai turn to sex work to support their lifestyle.. haih. sedih je. 

What i think the religious authorities failed to do is to let them know the beauty behind this Islamic Law yg prohibit them from doing such things. and the family too. it's good that some are acceptive but at the same time, something should be done juge kan... x kan nak biar saje. and the so society, if they stop judging & discriminating, at least, at least... i believe these people can at least find better jobs and not involve themselves in sex works. at least lah. and then slowly la baru tarbiyah. 

but to challenge the law yang Allah dah impose on us... Nauzubillah...

3 comments:

sarah said...

change name tu ikut suke dia lah
but change gender dalam IC..
its a big no-no
hahaha karang kesian org terkawin dengan lelaki rupanya
tsk~
ini tidak adil kepada golongan straight
kami pun ada rights utk memilih yg tulin.

maryaaaaaaa said...

heheh.

changing everything to me pun is a no-no. mcm defy the way you are created. unless ada other reason lah. it is just that i kesian dgn the way they are treated. discrimination. :)

teha. said...

noooooooooooooooooooo you have got to be kidding me grr grr. kaget kaget.