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‘Seksualiti Merdeka a collateral damage’

 | November 3, 2011

The festival organiser thinks government agencies are all out against Bersih's Ambiga and Anwar Ibrahim.

KUALA LUMPUR: Seksualiti Merdeka festival organiser, Pang Khee Teik, believes that the police ban against the festival was because it was to be officiated by Bersih 2.0 chairman S Ambiga and that they have been made a collateral damage.

“I think it is because of Ambiga. It is being politicized,” said Pang when met at the Burmese refugees fund-raising dinner function at the Annexe, Central Market.

“The government agencies are using every opportunity to rouse sentiments against Ambiga and (Opposition Leader) Anwar Ibrahim.

“We are mere collateral damage,” said Pang.

He said this in response to the ban against the festival by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar.

Earlier today the DIG said that the police will take action under Section 27 A (1) (C) as well as 298 A of the Penal Code to prevent any functions relating to the programme.

Seksualiti Merdeka is an annual festival highlighting issues faced by lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals since 2008.

Pang also accused the government of ignoring the innocent and marginalised segments of the community.

He stressed that the festival was an avenue to hear out the plight of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community.

“All we are asking is for our side to be heard. That’s not illegal.

“The chaos that they are accusing us of is actually perpetuated by those who are trying to shut us up.

“We are pleased to know that Seksualiti Merdeka is as important as Bersih that it needs to be banned,” he added.

There has been various opposition against the Seksualiti Merdeka programme. PAS along with a coalition of Muslim NGOs have planned to demonstrate against Seksualiti Merdeka after Friday prayers tomorrow in Kampung Baru.

PAS’ spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat has also voiced his opposition against the festival.


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