PETALING JAYA,. Police today confirmed that an individual has been arrested for assaulting a transgender woman with a weapon in Seremban on Wednesday.
Seremban district deputy police chief Superintendent Sulizmie Affendy Sulaiman told Malay Mail that police have obtained a five-day remand order on the suspect.
“One arrest was made while investigations suggest the others with the suspect was merely accompanying him.
“We have classified the case under Section 326 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt with dangerous weapons,” Sulizimie said.
He said police started probing the incident after the 32-year-old victim’s brother lodged a police report.
Sulizimie said in the report the brother claimed that the victim was assaulted with a weapon and that the incident took place at Taman AST, Jalan Sungai Ujong in Seremban around 12.10am.
He said the suspect was picked up the following day and will be under police custody until Aug 21 to facilitate investigations.
“The victim is currently receiving treatment in Tuanku Jaafar Hospital in Seremban,” he said adding that the motive behind the incident is still under investigations.
Two days ago, Twitter user Regina Ibrahim tweeted that a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community had been physically assaulted by eight men in Negri Sembilan.
The victim reportedly suffered serious injuries including several broken bones.
Transgender activist Nisha Ayub also posted about the assault on Facebook, and said: “Their reason for hitting her was because they did not like her.”
Nisha refused to disclose further information about the case as it was already being investigated by the police.
“I am just happy that the police are looking into the matter,” she said.
PELANGI Campaign, an LGBTIQ organisation also took to Twitter and claimed that the suspects had told investigators: “we just wanted to hit her.”
PELANGI Campaign also reached out to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Fuziah Salleh for counteractive measures against the show of violence.
“You promised no discrimination, gender-based violence is a form of discrimination and we think and hope you will do everything in your power to ensure justice for her.”
Discussions and controversies surrounding LGBTQ related topics have been on the rise since July when LGBTQ activist Numan Afifi resigned as Youth and Sports Ministry press officer due to his strong advocacy for the group.
Another outcry took place when portraits of Nisha and another LGBTQ activist Pang Khee Teik was removed from a photography exhibition during the 2018 George Town Festival in Penang.
A doctor courted controversy for her open letter expressing disdain towards the LGBTQs.
Earlier this week, the question of which toilets should be used by transgendered women sparked off a debate.