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Mujahid to meet LGBT activist Nisha Ayub over portrait incident

August 10, 2018 8:48 AM
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Mujahid to meet LGBT activist Nisha Ayub over portrait incident

PETALING JAYA: Minister of Religious Affairs in the Prime Minister's Office Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa will meet LGBT activist Nisha Ayub whose portrait was removed from a photography exhibition at the George Town Festival.

The meeting is slated to take place at 6pm today at the lobby of Block A of the Putrajaya Islamic Complex.

According to a media invite issued by the Prime Minister's Office, the meeting was arranged to "harmonise the situation which is in line with the principle of Rahmatan Lil'alamin (blessings upon all creation) which remains the core in administering Islamic affairs in the country."

Earlier today, the US Embassy in Malaysia expressed support for Nisha and fellow LGBT activist Pang Khee Teik in an Instagram post.

"Pictures are worth a thousand words, but actions speak even louder. We stand proudly with 2016 International Women of Courage Award winner Nisha Ayub and Pang Khee Teik and the work they do to promote #tolerance and #acceptance," it said via its official Instagram account @usembassykl which featured Nisha's photo holding the Jalur Gemilang flag.

Two days ago, Mujahid said he had issued the instructions for the removal of Nisha and Pang's portraits.

He said the portraits of the activists were removed from the month-long "Stripes and Strokes" exhibition as they promoted LGBT activities.

"I was informed of the exhibition that showcased their pictures in a public gallery.

"I have consistently repeated in Parliament that we do not support the promotion of LGBT culture in Malaysia," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

Nisha is the first transgender woman to receive the International Women of Courage Award in 2016, while Pang is the co-founder of Seksualiti Merdeka.


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