In a report by MStar, a federal Islamic enforcer Izwan Yusof from JAKIM expressed willingness to meet popular cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat Kamaruzzaman following rumours that she might be transgender. He wished to “know her better” amid public speculation over her gender.
The JAKIM-proclaimed LGBT specialist, Izwan said he wanted to meet her to provide help and not punish her, adding that they could meet up at any place she’s comfortable with. The invitation was posted on Facebook as an open letter to Sajat. He stated in the letter that “My friends in Jakim and I are always open to assist and give advice on issues of identity and gender confusion from an Islamic perspective.”
“We want to advise Sajat to get closer to the Quran and increase litanies towards God. This can help our souls become peaceful” he added.
Nur Sajat responded by saying she is willing to meet with JAKIM, but would only agree to do so if it was done appropriately for mutual benefit.
“So far, I have not received any information from my personal assistants regarding the meet. If anyone wants to find me, I’m always around at Wisma Nur Sajat,” she said.
“If they wanted to meet, they can contact [me] directly or through a personal assistant, not through a public message like that,” Nur Sajat continued.
Recently, Nur Sajat faced public backlash after she sang and appeared in a music video by another cosmetics millionaire-turned-singer, Datuk Aliff Syukri Kamarzaman. The comments by the public were so bad that Datuk Aliff had to reshoot the video excluding Nur Sajat.
PAS’ Izwan Yusof was responsible for a controversial JAKIM video on the LGBT community last year. He compared sexual orientation to horse-riding, claiming that when someone realises that they have “different” orientation from others and wishes to change that orientation, they should receive extensive training and guidance.
Malaysia’s LGBT community has been constantly called out by religious authorities in the past for being social deviants in a country where same-sex relationships and cross-dressing are prohibited.
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