A small step for man and a giant leap for mankind it is for the LGBTQ community of Malaysia, as the Federal Court decides Selangor’s Syariah law (Section 28) against ‘unnatural sex’, unconstitutional.
Earlier today (Feb 25), the Federal Court declared that §28 of the Syariah Criminal Offences (Selangor) Enactment 1995, inconsistent with the Federal Constitution, and will hereby be null and void.
Simply put, the law will not legally stand in Selangor, and JAIS (Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor) will no longer have the power to conduct raids, arrest or charge anyone under said law.
The ruling noted that such offences will fall under the powers of parliament, and not under the scrutiny of state legislatures.
Since the good news, there have been plenty of questions, feedback and discussions from netizens regarding the ruling.
It is a small step to improvement, but questions as well negativities aside though, the community and all its supporters are thrilled. It is a good day indeed for LQBTQ within the country, as a little piece of history is made amidst the group's fight for a more just future.
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