What’s next? What’s worse that the police could do? Unfortunately, well, this. The cops raided The Annexe Gallery (Central Market, Kuala Lumpur) when Seksualiti Merdeka 2011 was going on. The apparently reason for this was because the event was accused for being an illegal gathering for gays and lesbians, promoting homosexuality in Malaysia.
I went to the annual sexuality rights festival two years ago back in 2009 and I didn’t turn gay after that. Instead, I learnt to respect those with diverse sexuality orientations and gender identities, and came to understand and feel their pain.
So don’t bullshit anyone to say there were valid reasons to ban Seksuality Merdeka. Perhaps the actual reason was because Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan (chairperson of Bersih 2.0) was invited to attend the event this year to give a speech? ‘Cause why wasn’t it declared illegal last year? And why didn’t they raid the place when I was there back in 2009?
With this, the authorities have shattered the hearts of the sexual minorities, making them feel more afraid, unsupported and ashamed, which they weren’t supposed to in the first place. Is this how the government and the police care for the people? Is this what they call a democratic nation? This is just despicable. Shame on them.