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Thursday, 03 November 2011 18:03

Malaysian Police Ordered To Cancel A LGBT Arts Festival

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The police ordered that the festival of LGBT arts is cancelled in Malaysia.

This festival, Sexual Independence, which takes place in Kuala Lumpur since 2008 and which is hold during 5 days feature performances of "queer anthems sung by fierce local singers and drag divas who know what it means to love out loud and proud" the organizers indicated.

The police, as well as the minister, asked that this one be cancelled. In Maylaisia, there is a rule of censure which prohibits any films or songs on homosexuality. It is besides for that the song Born This Way of Lady Gaga had been censured.

In a statement by the Malaysia’s Bernama news agency, deputy police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said that the authorities want to "prevent any function relating to the program". He said many organizations "has fears that the program could create the dissension, hostility and touch with the public order".

In Bernama’s reports, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin described the event as "inappropriate" and a "waste of time.

"Asking us to keep quiet is asking us to take your abuse with a smile … it’s time to put a stop to all the hate and misunderstanding and abuse" said Khee Teik, a spokesperson for the festival.


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