02 Aug '11, 1am

M'sian government urged to 'understand transgenders'

M'sian government urged to 'understand transgenders'

Mr Mohd Ashraf Hafiz Abd Aziz (above), 25, who underwent a sex change in Thailand between 2008 and 2009, intends to change his name to Aleesha Farhana Abd Aziz. However, the High Court in Kuala Terengganu has dismissed his petition on 18 July 2011. -- PHOTO: HARIAN METRO PETALING JAYA - SEVENTEEN NGOs have called on the Malaysian government to have a nationwide consultation with the transgender community as soon as possible in order to better understand their issues. It said transgender people such as Aleesha Farhana, or known by his actual name of Mohd Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz, 25, face extreme levels of stigmatisation and discrimination in Malaysia. 'These abuses, ranging from physical violence to mental torture to sexual assault, happen from when we were children right up to our adulthood,' said a statement endorsed by 17 NGOs and 600 unnamed individuals yesterday. Among...

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