From Yahoo News
Malaysia’s Terengganu state has passed new laws that will punish Muslim women for out-of-wedlock pregnancies and for behaving and dressing like men.
The state, governed by Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS), has dictated women be punished by a fine of up to 5,000 ringgit (approximately $1,130), a three-year jail term, six lashes or any combination of the three for donning men’s clothing and for conceiving a child when they are not married to their partner, according to the state religious official Satiful Bahari Mamat.
Witchcraft and sorcery are also outlawed under the amendments. According to Satiful, the new laws are meant to better protect “the well-being of Muslims,” adding that they were enacted because previous laws only pertained to men acting like women.
“Because in the past, there might not have been much of this issue (women acting like men),” Satiful told the state news agency, according to Wion. “But we see now that ‘pengkid’ (tomboy or lesbian) cases and the like are becoming more widespread, so the state government intends to curb this issue.”
The PAS, which won more seats than any single party in last month’s election, focuses on Islamic fundamentalism. The party wishes to turn Malaysia into an Islamic state and has since urged the federal parliament to pass strict Islamic legislation.
The Malaysian state follows a similar move made by neighbor Indonesia last month, which outlawed sex and cohabitation outside of marriage with penalties of up to a year in prison. The bill also raised the penalty for abortions, restricted the rights of LGBTQ-plus citizens and limited criticism of Indonesia’s president and public institutions.
I hope the injunction against ‘behaving and dressing like men’ will not affect the Malaysian Ladies Cricket team; they came 7th in the Women’s Asia cup this year but have the potential to do better.