PETALING JAYA: Physical and verbal attacks against the transgender community must stop, say DAP leaders Hannah Yeoh and Syahredzan Johan.
In a joint statement, the Segambut MP and the lawyer, who is also Lim Kit Siang's political secretary, said that such attacks were gross violations of human rights.
They underlined that members of the transgender community should enjoy the same fundamental freedoms as any other Malaysian citizen.
"We believe that the willful contempt for the lives of the transgender community is the result of the constant demonization of the community by certain quarters.
Their statement follows a cruel attack on a transgender woman by a group of men around 23 hours in Sungai Ujong, Seremban.
"The men surrounded her, and it is believed to have been attacked because of prejudices about her gender identity and the fact that she is a transgender woman," said the joint statement of Yeoh and Syahredzan  002] "The victim suffered internal injury, several broken ribs and injuries to her back and head, requiring 12 stitches. The victim was hospitalized a few days after the attack.
"Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident." The transgender community has long been the target of assault and intimidation across the country.
"In some cases, the attacks have led to serious injuries and tragic, even death.
"Usually the perpetrators of the crimes were not brought to justice, either because of fear of repercussions on the part of the victims or because the authorities were reluctant to take further action," they said.
Yeoh and Syahredzan said that they had met the victim on Sunday (August 19).
It was reported that the police had arrested a person for assaulting a transgender woman with a weapon in Seremban on Wednesday (August 15).
Seremban district deputy police chief Superintendent Sulizmie Affendy Sulaiman said the police received a five-day provisional detention to the suspect.
"The hate speeches against the transgender community have reduced their humanity in the eyes of society.
" This has made it easier for them to be o oriented. We condemn in the strongest terms every hate speech aimed at the community, "said the duo.
" We call upon all parties to work together to end attacks on one of the most marginalized communities in Malaysia. , "they added.
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