huu..ape lagi kalau bukan cerita pasal Azwan Ismail, seorang Muslim, Melayu tapi mengaku yang dier seorang Gay..
tadi aku terjumpe article pasal dier kat sini: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/21/AR2010122100514.html
By SEAN YOONG
The Associated Press
Tuesday, December 21, 2010; 3:05 AM
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Muslim gay man in Malaysia says he fears for his safety after speaking about his sexuality in an Internet video that attracted online death threats and accusations by religious authorities that he is insulting Islam.
Azwan Ismail told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday he was taking safety precautions following fierce criticism in this conservative, Muslim-majority country over his clip, which has been viewed more than 140,000 times on YouTube in just six days.
The segment, titled “I’m Gay, I’m OK,” features the 32-year-old engineer encouraging other gay Malaysians to be confident in themselves. It is part of a series of interviews posted online by gay rights activists since last week, but Azwan has attracted heavy attention because he is the only one from Malaysia’s ethnic Malay Muslim majority so far.
“I don’t know what to expect next,” Azwan said Tuesday in his first comments to the media after his nearly three-minute clip was posted Dec. 15. Other gay Malaysians featured in the “Independent Sexuality” video campaign so far are mainly ethnic Chinese non-Muslims, who generally face less of a public stigma about homosexuality.
Azwan said he has tried to avoid going out alone or lingering at public places after a few of the 3,000 people who commented on his video issued death threats and many others rebuked him. He has also made his personal details more private on social media websites. Although Azwan’s face appears clearly in the video, he declined to be photographed for the AP interview.
Malaysia’s Cabinet minister for Islamic affairs, Jamil Khir Baharom, voiced concerns over the weekend that gay activists were trying to promote homosexuality. He said officials might take “appropriate action to prevent this from spreading because it would hurt Islam’s image.”
Harussani Zakaria, one of Malaysia’s top Islamic clerics, reportedly said Azwan should have not made such an open declaration that “derided his own dignity and Islam in general.”
In the clip, Azwan said it was tough being gay in Malaysia because “religious and cultural factors have defined our lives, telling us who we can be and who we can’t.”
Azwan did not break any obvious laws by talking in the video, but he said his lawyer friend was checking whether other legal action could be taken against him. Sodomy is punishable by 20 years in prison, though the law is only occasionally enforced. Some states impose fines or jail terms for gay-related actions such as cross-dressing in public.
The video series is inspired by the similar “It Gets Better Project” started in the United States in October in response to a string of gay youth suicides. Several more Malay Muslims are expected to speak in upcoming clips, which are meant to tell young gay Malaysians not to despair about their future.
“My intention was not to insult Islam,” Azwan told the AP. “I just wanted to represent gay Malays in this project. I hope these videos will help to create a more open society and more discussion.”
Azwan, who has a boyfriend, said he started confiding in others about his sexuality five years ago. He added that he has not broached the subject with his parents, but his brother asked him about it after news of the video surfaced.
Aku rasa la mamat ni otak letak kat lulut laa..nama jek pandai belajar tinggi2 jadik engineer..tapi takkan la tak reti nak pikir…boleh plak cakap “My intention was not to insult Islam“…dah kompom2 dah haram..and ko buat..pastu ko bule pulak openly mengaku and nak plak ajak orang2 yang kompius cam ko bersama2 sesat lagi..huu..nak discuss ape lagi dah kalau kompom2 haram..pelik aku orang gini…
Skang ni dah takut la nak keluar tu..baru tau…
kalau penagih dadah kita bule hantar serenti..kalau benda pelik camne ape la nak buat agaknye ek…patutnya buat gak cam orang dadah ni..tangkap jek..then kasi brainwash kasi straight balik…kasi ingat balik kat Allah..huu..
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