Carry proof of sex-change op, transsexuals told

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 22 Nov 2005

TRANSSEXUALS should carry with them medical certificates of sex-change operations to prove their status, said Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho. 

If the medical certificates stated their sex-change status, only female enforcement officers could carry out body checks on them, reported Sin Chew Daily. 

He was commenting on the incident in which a transsexual claimed that three policemen ordered her to strip naked to see if she was physically a man or a woman. 

“By showing the medical certificate, it will prevent any untoward incident like this and ease the job of enforcement officers when it comes to conducting body checks,” said Tan. 

According to Tan, there were some transsexuals who still did not go through complete sex-change operations. 

“For example, there are some transsexuals who only had operation on the upper part of the body while the lower part still remain the same.  

“Again, this will cause embarrassment if a female enforcement was asked to carry out a body check on them,” said Tan. 

On another matter, Sin Chew Daily quoted Chinese Ambassador to Malaysia Wang Chungui as proposing that Chinese tourists who visited Malaysia for not more than 15 days should be exempted from obtaining visas.  

Wang said the move would help lure back Chinese tourists to the country. 

He was speaking to reporters during a function in Sibu, Sarawak, where he was asked to comment on the sharp fall in Chinese tourists. The number of Chinese tourists visiting the country had dropped 49% from last year. 

One of the factors could be due to the many choices available nowadays, especially with more than 20 countries near China.  

Besides that, European countries and the United States are also promoting their tourism industry, said Wang. 

He added that the Malaysian Government should also simplify the entry procedures and improve on its customer service to promote the country as a tourist heaven. 

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