Tuesday, 08 November 2011 18:15

Malaysians Protest Over Gay Festival Ban

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After the cancellation of the festival of Kuaka Lumpur, LGBT activists protested in the streets to show their dissatisfaction.

This festival, which want to develop more tolerance towards gays and lesbians of Malaysia, was prohibited by the government and the police saying that the event "threatens the national security."

"Police received many protests from nongovernmental organizations, including Islamic and non-Islamic organizations who feared that the program could create disharmony, enmity and disturb public order," the deputy inspector general of police, Khalid Abu Bakar, told reporters in Kuala Lumpur, adding that if the festival took place in spite of the prohibition, the organizers would be arrested.

According to the New York Times, he said the police were not against the rights of Malaysians to express themselves. "But when this crops up and threatens national security," he said, "we have to take action."

Pang Khee Teik, one of the group’s co-founders, wrote that "If anything, this ban proves why we need to keep fighting for our rights."