Interviews with modern Malaysians introduces us to the shadows and reliefs of gay life in that culture. Not great but not bad, for now. Also see: Islam and Homosexuality Gay Malaysia News & Reports 1999 to present Gay Muslim Reports By Richard Ammon Updated April 2011 The Accidental Informant In the shadows of the
Because Malaysia is one of three countries that control the Strait of Malacca, international trade plays a large role in its economy. At one time, it was the largest producer of tin, rubber and palm oil in the world. Manufacturing has a large influence in the country’s economy. Gay rights are absent in Malaysia. Section 377 of the penal code prohibits heterosexual and homosexual sodomy with punishments including up to twenty years in prison and or fines and whippings. Section 337a more narrowly prohibits acts of "gross indecency with another male person" with punishment including up to two years in prison. Cross-dressing in public is also a crime under vague laws against public immorality. State legislators are permitted to enact state laws. In 1993, the Malaysian state of Kelantan adopted Islamic law and thus the punishment for sodomy in that state is death. Malaysia stands under heavy influence of Islam and homosexuality is technically illegal. Nevertheless, there is a national gay organization in the country: Pink Triangle Foundation. Also see: Islam and Homosexuality
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