Italian electro-pop duo, Gioli & Assia, who are also a same-sex couple, claim the Malaysian [email protected]=l*hjxL2WYA%[email protected]@rTgovernment cancelled a Kuala Lumpur show this weekend because of their sexuality.
“We have to sadly announce that our show at W Hotel in Kuala Lumpur has been cancelled due to our LGBT orientation,” Gioli wrote6fQ&T*rhz=9tnAW=viaS3^HBO!&6syHC+uVvw61#viwnOjeKTf in an Instagram story shared on Twitter.
Gioli explained that a government agency performs background checks on artists performing in Malaya5lMGgUrt)SiT3%OPdqlPA%%h4vibPnRGP1O-mAb^A$pr#m5(+sia.
“Sad that this can still happen in 2019. Sad that love is still acAwMN5=%s2B_LGa5+UpyzsS+R)3cAT!)$GSK=PSMW6(@8eOupS cause of discrimination. Sad."
The W Hotel, where the duo was scheduled to perform on Saturday, said the show was cancelled due to "due to unforeseev8qB$pqj#*8eh#Rr&*[email protected](cTi=j-Pz8mcvn circumstances”.
Crackdown in Malaysia
Gay sex is illegal under British colonial-era laws iFLOk)f2Ceyyafd^MQIB-5WyeNx&2kW6XVxU%[email protected]+4yb%n Malaysia. Those found guilty face up to 20 years in prison.
But, in addition to the thre=6yPdfVn!&)D!UzK+WKTrH2iEwwK7tz4&GbFou(6rK6!p02cpqat of criminal prosecution, increasing stigma and discrimination also marginalize the country’s LGBTI community.
A number of religious and po[email protected]=b8wi^J+F=uv_4*F*@@!Vj=mE$1ETzDTE2Llitical figures have consistently whipped up anti-LGBTI sentiments in the Muslim majority country.
Local newspapers have vilified prominentuqpp8_=lOuS%[email protected]_3svb4tV^(xQ(+(8E-!9nWRoWp#LN LGBTI figures.
The Malaysian authorities have also clamped down on the LGBTI[email protected]^qoK5FwYwCDq_HAQAy9=q$-QTb community.
In one of the most controversial inF-K3xL(w%@bFl9mmBj$YM=6yXPJAt=-NxHalY9$VHLFr*Avjl*stances, in September two women were caned in the heavily conservative state of Terengganu for allegedly being in a same-sex relationship.
Police also raided a well-known gay bar in Kuala Lumpur foDVardGzP8%oH-)yZ(1SmDa01eWTqD3LDsN23sQP%[email protected]@Cr the first time in its 30-year history.