Malaysia: Learn from Filipino counterparts and engage with LGBT community, local police told

A transgender rights group told local police today to engage with the LGBTQ community here, highlighting the Philippines police force that has undergone sensitisation training with such groups.

Justice for Sisters expressed concern that Deputy Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim’s statement about not allowing openly LGBT people into the force, even if they are qualified, would further perpetuate homophobia and transphobia among police officers.

The group highlighted a report by international rights group Human Rights Watch that documented claims of police actions against trans people, such as sexual violence, arbitrary arrests based on gender identity, arbitrary urine tests, extortion of money or sexual avours, and lack of urgency and bias in investigating police reports lodged by transgender people. Read more via Malay Mail Online