Malaysian Newspaper Slammed For 'How To Spot A Gay' List

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The piece also picked out branded clothing as an indicator of homosexuality.

Moreover, the article labelled lesbians as tending to hug each other, holding hands, belittling men and staying alone.

The article, featured in the daily newspaper Sinar Harian, features bullets points highlighting qualities that are supposedly common in gay and lesbian people.

The country retains its colonial-era criminal ban on sodomy, which is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, caning or a fine.

One of the country's biggest social media stars, Arwind Kumar, railed against the list in a video posted on YouTube.

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He said: "If you really want to educate society then explain to them the traits of a paedophile, a molester, a murderer, a kidnapper, people who actually endanger the lives of others". How the hell does a gay person endanger your life? "With an article like this you are only going to take away lives", he said.

Among the things the Malaysian newspaper Sinar Harian saw fit to print in the past week: a story about a pricey government plan to prevent coastal erosion, an article on a proposed soccer match between the Malaysian and Ukrainian national teams, and a handy, foldable guide to detecting the homosexuals in our midst.

"Transgenders have been murdered in this country", he told the BBC. Yes, they have a homophobic rhetoric which carries a maximum sentence of twenty years.

A Malaysian health ministry youth video competition also called for entries on the topic of the prevention and consequences of being gay, lesbian or transgender.

Malaysia hit the headlines in March 2017 over its attitudes to homosexuality when the country's film censorship board demanded cuts to Disney's hit movie "Beauty and the Beast" because of a "gay moment".

An 18-year old student, T Nhaveen, was beaten and burned to death last year by classmates who said he was pondan, a colloquial term for a gay man. Just months later, a trans woman was stabbed and shot three times in her floral shop.

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