KOTA BARU: Religious authorities in Kelantan will take action against cross-dressers.
State Islamic development committee chairman Datuk Mohd Nassuruddin Daud warned that those wearing clothes associated with the opposite sex can be charged under Section 5(1) of Syariah Criminal Enactment.
"The penalty includes a maximum fine of RM1,000 or six months' jail, or both," he said at the state assembly in response to a question posted by Mohamad Awang (PAS-Gua Periok).
Mohamad had asked if any actions had been taken to check on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender), and Syiah influences.
Nassuruddin said action would be taken against effeminate men acting and dressing like females.
He said from 2015 to October this year, the authorities had charged 31 LBGT individuals in Syariah courts.
He also said Fardu Ain rehabilitation classes were also held for them.
"For sodomy, the penalty is a maximum RM5,000 fine, three-year imprisonment, and six counts of whipping," he said.