MAC, Terengganu govt discuss plight of transgender community


PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) held a meeting with the Terengganu state government to discuss the plight of transgender community.

In a statement, MAC deputy secretary-general Elisha Kor Krishnan said a meeting with state executive councillor Ghazali Taib (pic) on Monday (Jan 15) was refreshing as they were able to push issues concerning the community. 

“He (Ghazali) also agreed to collaborate with us and we were invited for a task force meeting on the matter on Thursday (Jan 18),” she said.

The issues, among others, she said was to create awareness on the rise of HIV/AIDS due to sexual transmission.

Elisha added that in the past decade, sexual transmission of HIV had recorded a 2.5-fold increase, accounting for 84% of new HIV infections in 2016 compared to 32% in 2006.

She also highlighted cases where the community was often mistreated and discriminated at workplaces.

“With this meeting, we also hope to raise awareness among the public, who often misunderstand the transgender community, be it in the education sector, work sector or the government sector.

“The media also need to play an important role in shaping the correct perception of the community,” she said.

Elisha said some of them have experienced depression due to discrimination.

“They are even discriminated when they seek medical treatment, where some doctors in Terengganu refused to treat them just because of their gender identity,” she added.