The Sultan of Brunei first announced the small but wealthy nation would adopt full sharia law in 2014, which prompted a global backlash. The laws will now come into effect on April 3.
MP Charles Santiago Santiago tweeted that the “government has a duty to protect and promote the interest of women from the LGBT community” in the face of a media campaign “demonising” LGBT people.
Police have again denied the killing was a hate crime, citing the alleged theft of a mobile phone as evidence.
“We categorically condemn this anti-gay violence and call on the Malaysian authority to investigate on this hate crime,” local LGBTI rights group PELANGI Campaign tweeted.
The 16-21 year olds face the death penalty over accusations they beat a transgender woman to death, cracking her skull and causing internal haemorrhaging in the brain.
PM Mahathir Mohamad said he raised the issue with his cabinet and came to the conclusion that the caning “does not reflect justice and tolerance in Islam.”
Two Malaysian women were recently fined and sentenced to a caning in Malaysia’s north for having sex with each other, a sentence due to be carried out today.
The women – who are 22 and 32 – were fined around $1,100 AUD and sentenced to six strokes of the cane.
“They asked if I would consider the offer with the condition that I cut my hair, wear a male uniform, and use the male toilets”