Sexuality Merdeka is banned to maintain public order. (Pic by: Hussein Shaharuddin)
KUALA LUMPUR: Police’ decision to ban Sexuality Merdeka Festival, which was scheduled to be launched on November 9, has drawn mixed responses but a majority of Malaysians seem supportive of the ban.
Almost every respondent that The Mole spoke to supported the ban but a few of them are of the opinion that the issue had been blown out of proportion due to the individuals involved in it.
Response to the anti-Sexuality Merdeka demonstrations, held after Friday prayers at the National Mosque and the Sultan Salehuddin mosque in Shah Alam, was lukewarm after people learned of he police ban.
Pas Youth had also decided to back out of the planned demonstration due to the police ban on Sexuality Merdeka which was announced yesterday By Deputy Inspector General of Police Datuk Seri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Its chief, Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi has thanked the police for the decision and warned the organisers to abort their plans.
Pas spiritual leader, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has also asked the government to take strict action against the organisers of the much criticised event.
Nik Aziz has not only condemned the event and the move by the group of Human Rights activist organizing it, he has also distance himself and Pas from Ambiga.
“Islam did not limit human rights but it should be in accordance to Allah’s law,” he added.
Blogger Jailani Harun said in his posting that the Sexuality Merdeka was not only trying to undermine the government but was also inciting tension among the Muslims.
“That 'sexuality' program is against any religious norms and will only see more moral decays among the younger generation,” he wrote.
On Sexuality Merdeka website, the co-coordinator of the event, Pang Khee Teik said in an interview with Malaysiakini, the ban means Malaysia has declared compassion and understanding as illegal.
Sisters In Islam, in a statement released yesterday, disagreed with the police ban.
They claimed that the ban was yet another pattern of censorship and banning of freedom of expression, association and the free circulation of ideas in Malaysia.
“We are also concerned at how the ban is going to be enforced by the police force,” the statement read.
Another blogger has however taken Pas to task for the party’s flip-flop stance when it involves certain individuals.
Pressured to make its stand on Sexuality Merdeka following the party’s outright opposition to gay-singer Elton John’s concert, BigCat in her latest posting thinks Pas was just playing to the gallery.
She questioned Pas’ next course of action should the Bersih 2.0 leader and their close ally S.Ambiga defy the police ban and officiate the Sexualiti Merdeka event on the 9th of November.
“After all, Sexuality Merdeka is also about freedom,” the posting pointed.
BigCat has also called on the other Pakatan Rakyat component parties, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and DAP, to make their stand on Sexuality Merdeka clear.