Malaysian authorities mocked for attempting to extradite its transgender national from Thailand


21st September 2021 – (Kuala Lumpur) According to Bernama, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) is applying for an extradition order of cosmetics entrepreneur Muhammad Sajjad Kamarul Zaman, a transgender who is now known as Nur Sajat from Malaysia from the authorities in Thailand. Federal Police (Bukit Aman) Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Seri Abd Jalil Hassan said the (extradition application) also involved various other agencies in Malaysia, including the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).

Earlier today, in a statement, Abd Jalil said Muhammad Sajjad was detained by Thai immigration on 8th September for being in possession of an invalid passport. 

Citizens of Malaysia have criticised the flip-flop government for not getting its priorities justified and for not respecting the rights of a transgender. Earlier this month, two local broadcasters were recently instructed by the Film Censorship Board (LPF) to stop displaying male and female underwear in their respective home shopping segments. LPF claimed that displaying the garment, even when a model was never involved is allegedly indecent and offensive, and therefore goes against its guidelines and code of conduct. The backward policies due to the government’s conservative muslim stand have been widely mocked by not only its own citizens but other countries. The country is on the regressing path of becoming a third world country with its unstable politics, high COVID-19 cases and mind-boggling policies.

“Muhammad Sajjad is sought by the Malaysian authorities under Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing a public servant from carrying out his duties and Section 353 of the same code with using criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty. He was sought by the authorities after the Shah Alam Syariah High Court issued an arrest warrant against him on 23rd Feb for failing to attend proceedings over a charge of dressing as a woman. He reportedly fled to Thailand.

Meanwhile, last week, a sanitary pad maker Libresse published an advertisement using the theme “V-Kebaya”, where it launched a limited-edition line of sanitary pads using packaging that was decorated with floral pictures, inspired by the Malay Nyonya kebaya and vulva.

The new theme was aimed at breaking encouraging women to feel confident about their bodies, including their private parts.

Despite being forced to remove its advertisement due to uproar from a religious group, female hygiene product maker Libresse Malaysia received support on social media for its courage in starting a conversation over menstruation and vaginal health.

“Why is this a problem? Libresse is doing a great job educating women about their private part. It’s actually sad that you need a company to educate us.

Also, instead of welcoming foreigners to invest in Malaysia, its Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme for foreigners was tightened recently to ensure the quality of the applicants.  Participants will now be required to have a monthly offshore income of at least RM40,000 (US$9,600), up from RM10,000 previously. They also need to have a fixed deposit of RM1 million, compared with the previous conditions of between RM150,000 and RM300,000. Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar of the the southern Johor state said the ministry’s decision was mind-boggling and outrageous, considering that MM2H had brought huge economic benefits to Malaysia. This latest move will definitely many investors overseas to invest in the country.