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Malaysia’s netizeniZmk7$a=c+iBQ7&$Y_SlZgkL([email protected]&DbogSkR+KNi95rVNwcns have slammed popular 90s actress and model Azah Aziz after she attended an LGBTI pride parade in Canada.

The 46-year-old uploaded a photo of herself at Montreal Pride last week. “Share the lovd0HDE-K7OriffkP*[email protected]*p8RySeuPKEU)XmlRVxyJaQI(J4$!e, no hate” she wrote.

CommeYaZ3CDfm(R*0Vmce2(@y^Y3$%[email protected]%mgLwnUy$dMGnters beneath the post called Aziz “sinful” and said she had “abandoned Asian values” according to the New Straits Times.

Muslim-majority MaxwCitb(#tHckmFFHx*[email protected]@[email protected]=-NH^wlaysia has become increasingly hostile towards LGBTI people. The country’s prime minister last year said LGBT rights would never be accepted by the country.

But, Aziz who has lived in abroad for the last two decades, defended her stance.  “This is my Instagram an1eV*r%1%rTP_zdA-W68c6nnoWOp%pC+k&-SML!aU#z#EntfgBBd to each his or her own. Life goes on as usual,” she replied to one Netizen.

She also included thfMR+^CdyMn-tHle^-&h2gQjzh*[email protected]e hashtags “far far away, don’t care" and “ok, bye”.

LGBT rights in Malaysia

Gay sex is illegal undcag!+n4tFYgCxjOLmOV=tTqDWMYFYrnlR5bUsxjoXL^v5BwNOuer British colonial-era laws in Malaysia. Those found guilty face up to 20 years in prison.

In addition to the threat Nh6^[email protected](Gk2([email protected]_of criminal prosecution, deep-seated cultural stigmas still face the country’s LGBTI community.

Numerous religious and political figures havP_vX-tmtwdWsD*9mxgQeeiNDyCK3G)L!#[email protected]%#z5SQFle consistently whipped up anti-LGBTI sentiments in the Muslim majority country.

The Malaysian autho[email protected]([email protected]!X9s8i0QUzJM0qfrities have also clamped down on the LGBTI community.

In one of the most controversial instances, in September two women were caned in thKAOmbHBq_Lf4GQJKxFdER+*6oE-T487*8iVFz(5ioF^c*kwnOxe heavily conservative state of Terengganu for allegedly being in a same-sex relationship.

Police also ra_Qu%1X1F$nHiClmScD-gCbuqmWBL^[email protected]*T%@NdzaAcided a well-known gay bar in Kuala Lumpur for the first time in its 30-year history.

In July last year, Afifi stepped down from his role as press officer for theyFsjn(dIjYHTl_CusxImQ-S_KNKvjJU6PAxr8VIjw$ocmqZknU Youth and Sports Minister due to the threats and abuse he received because of his sexuality.

LGBTI ri[email protected]*U3b#mW+^Oz&omdFghts activists have repeatedly highlighted the lack of protections for LGBTI people.

(Cover photo: Instagram)

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