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Malaysian daily's 'gay person' list sparks outrage

IANS  |  Kuala Lumpur 

A Malaysian newspaper has sparked widespread by publishing a list on how to spot gay people, a media report said on Tuesday.

The list featured in an article on how people can be invited to seek on the Malay-language Harian daily on February 9, the report said.

As part of the story, there was a checklist on how to spot a gay person.

Aside from sporting beards, gay men like to go to the gym to check out other men or to wear branded clothes, the list said.

Lesbians, according to the list, like to belittle men and walk around holding hands and hugging each other.

"I was absolutely baffled by this article," activist told the

"And obviously I was disappointed with how misleading the content was. It was pure nonsense."

Homosexual activity is illegal in under both secular and religious laws.

The article first sparked criticism on and was then picked up by Kumar for a video.

In the widely shared clip he goes though the list of alleged claims, dismantling them and showing how illogical they are.

While activists like Kumar have no trouble speaking out, he said that many others are "filled with so much of fear in them".

"Transgenders have been murdered in this country," he told the

Last year, the launched a contest for the young on how to "prevent" homosexuality.

In March 2017, the release of Disney's Beauty and the Beast was postponed in Malaysia, because it contained "a gay moment".



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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 16:12 IST