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Netizens, Politicians And Artists Express Regret On Halloween Party Raid At RexKL

Netizens, Politicians And Artists Express Regret On Halloween Party Raid At RexKL

Critics of the raid said it violates freedom and fundamental rights.

Fernando Fong

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The authorities have been lambasted following a raid at a Halloween private event in RexKL.

According to messages posted on social media, the raid was allegedly conducted by the police and the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (JAWI).

Activist Numan Afifi, on Twitter, claimed that transgenders were detained and brought to the JAWI office for further investigation. However this can’t be verified as JAWI has yet to issue a statement on the matter.

It is understood those detained included drag queens and transgenders.

Outgoing Klang MP Charles Santiago said the raid was unnecessary as it was just a party to celebrate Halloween.

He said there are more urgent matters affecting society that deserves attention from the authorities.

Others, including comedian Jason Leong, said that a party or arts performance in a private space could not be considered a violation of the law.

Leong said it reminded him of the raid at Bangsar’s now-defunct Crackhouse Comedy Club.

READ MORE: Crackhouse Comedy’s Rizal Van Geyzel Will Be Released From Police Custody Today

Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) central committee member Chong Yee Shan claimed the raid was a discrimination, targetting sexual orientation and gender identity.

Chong, a Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) activist, said she was there to help bail out the participants.

Being LGBT Has Always Been Tough

At the same time, others said members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community have persistently faced discrimination from authorities, society, and religious groups.

Nevertheless, LGBT supporters have remained defiant in the face of the latest shakedown and would not compromise who they are.

Instead of backing down in the face of threats and insults, LGBT supporters said they exist and will continue to exist.

Some posted the rainbow flag on social media, symbolising LGBT pride and social movements.

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