Malaysia university bans LGBT awareness event following complaints from Muslim activists
A university in Malaysia has denied it cancelled a LGBT awareness campaign following protests from Islamist blogs.
Taylor’s University in Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, said the campaign, which was due to take place next month, was cancelled because the organisers did not obtain official approval.
The private university also said it must consider all sensitivities when deciding whether to allow any event.
Representatives insisted the decision was not made due to protesters who were unhappy that the event would coincide with the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Taylor’s senior manager of corporate communications, Azura Abdullah, said:
“It was a decision made by the management without pressure from any party or community.
“It was organised without prior approval from the management. We take into account the interest of all parties before approving any student campaign or event.”
Abdullah added the decision was reached after consultation with students over the three-day event called “Courage in the Face of Adversity”.
However, event director Maureen Lim, told Malay Mail Online that the event was cancelled due to the School of Communication’s disapproval.
“The event was planned without the consent of the management and upon hearing about the event, we were advised to cancel it with immediate effect,” Lim said.
According to Yahoo! News, supporters of the event included the Campaign for Equality and Human Rights Initiative or Pelangi, Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor or EMPOWER, PT Foundation, SEED Foundation, Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces or KRYSS, and Gerakbudaya.