Some quick context: on Saturday, PDRM and JAIS raided a legal, private Halloween event happening at REXKL. At this event were members of the LGBTQ+ community, who were singled out for interrogation and detention overnight.
Now, we don’t tolerate discrimination or the misuse of power around these parts, so we’ve compiled a non-exhaustive list of organisations that can help in the event something like this ever happens again.
Advice & Legal Aid
PLUHO (People Like Us Hang Out)
Justice For Sisters
Who they are: An organisation raising public awareness about violence and persecution against trans women in Malaysia.
How to get in touch: DM them on Instagram at @justice_sisters
SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia)
Who they are: The OG human rights organisation in Malaysia.
How to get in touch: Email: email@example.com or dial +603-79545724 / +603-79545725.
Mental Health Support
BlueBird By PLUHO
Who they are: A service connecting LGBTQ individuals with LGBTQ-affirming mental health professionals
How to get in touch: Send them your details via this form
Community Health Care Clinic
Who they are: A community-based clinic working on HIV and AIDS, gender identity and sexual health
How to get in touch: Call them at +603-40513611 or WhatsApp +6011-21434572
Who they are: A queer-friendly mental health service provider
How to get in touch: Visit their website or WhatsApp +6012-7229211
Who they are: A mental health service who hire queer-affirmative therapists.
How to get in touch: Visit their website to book a session
The Malaysian Mental Health Association (MMHA)
Who they are: A non-profit Non-Government Organisation driving awareness and providing services around mental health
How to get in touch: Visit their website to view their list of resources or get in touch via this form.
Interacting With Police 101
Even if you’re not a part of a marginalised group, Malaysian authorities can (and will) try to walk all over your rights. So, if you have an interaction with police, whether at a roadblock, raid, or anything else, here’s what you need to remember:
1. Stay cool. They may try to fluster you in order to get something incriminating on you.
2. Present your MyKad on request. You are not legally required to provide any information that is not on your MyKad (e.g.: Job, Employer, Sexuality, etc.)
3. Ask the authorities if you’re under arrest. If not, you may leave. If yes, contact your legal representation immediately. If they refuse to answer and demand you stay, you may start contacting your legal representative.
This list may be updated from time to time. If you know of any other groups or services that would make a good addition to this list, DM on Instagram and we’ll get it on here.
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