A Malaysian Newspaper Printed a Checklist for Spotting Gay People

The list has angered LGBT rights campaigners More

LGBT people, along with liberal and Shia Muslims, are seen as a threat by Malaysia's Sunni conservatives such as Hanafiah Malik, who told the newspaper there is an urgent need to stop the "rise" of homosexuality.

Gay men also are described as liking tight clothing because it allows them to show of their abdominal six packs.

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.

But Sinar Harian's article might pave the way for another wave of gay bashing in the conservative, Muslim-majority country, advocates anxious. It suggested people concerned about gay people should look out for people who "adopt" others as their brothers or sisters, and said gay men's "eye's light up" when a handsome man is around.

Homosexuality is illegal in Malaysia, punishable by a 20-year prison sentence as per a penal code that criminalizes sexual behaviors "against the order of nature".

He continued, "If you really want to educate society, then explain to them the traits of a pedophile, a molester, a murderer, a kidnapper ― those people who actually endanger the lives of another".

He added: "I know a lot of priests, I know a lot of [Islamic scholars], I know a lot of of really, really religious people who love keeping beards. That's how stupid this is", he said. How the hell does a gay person endanger your life?

Last year, the release of Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast was postponed in the country due to a gay moment in the film, reported the BBC.

It comes after a spate of recent deaths of people thought to be gay, lesbian and transgender.

Just last year an 18-year-old student was beaten then burned to death by his classmates who labelled him a "pondon" - derogatory slang term for a gay man. A few months later, a 27-year-old transgender woman was stabbed and shot inside her florist shop. The Human Rights Watch states LGBTQ discrimination in the country "reaches the highest levels of government".

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