SIS finds it difficult to understand the unwillingness of the High Court to recognise the right of transgendered persons to be identified by the sex that they perceive themselves to be. The courts in many Muslim countries such as Pakistan, Kuwait, Iran, have granted transgendered persons the right to choose the sex they most closely identify with. Al-Azhar University in Cairo has also declared a fatwa permitting sex reassignment surgery under certain medical conditions – especially if not consenting to the procedure would lead to dire psychological and emotional consequences for the applicant. It is regrettable that the Malaysian courts have not followed these just and compassionate precedents.
SIS sends its condolences to Aleesha Farhana’s family. Society has already caused them so much pain and suffering. We wish them peace, patience and fortitude in their time of grief, particularly throughout this holy month of Ramadhan.
Acting Executive Director
Sisters in Islam (SIS Forum Malaysia)