The law in Malaysia prohibits consensual sex between same-sex couples
Penal Code (Act No. 574) (Consolidated Version with amendments as of November 15, 1998) provides -
Unnatural Offences Section 377A Carnal intercourse against the order of nature
Any person who has sexual connection with another person by the introduction of the penis into the anus or mouth of the other person is said to commit carnal intercourse against the order of nature. (Explanation: Penetration is sufficient to constitute the sexual connection necessary to the offence described
in this section).
Section 377B Punishment for committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature
Whoever voluntarily commits carnal intercourse against the order of nature shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to twenty years, and shall also be liable to whipping.
Section 377C Committing carnal intercourse against the order of nature without consent, etc.
Whoever voluntarily commits carnal intercourse against the order of nature on another person without the consent, or against the will, of the other person, or by putting other person in fear of death or hurt to the person or any other person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of not less than five years and not more than twenty years, and shall also be liable to whipping.
Section 377D Outrages on decency
Any person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any person of, any act of gross indecency with another person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years.
Islamic Sharia Laws
Several states in Malaysia have instated Islamic Sharia laws, applying to male and female muslims, criminalizing homosexual and lesbian acts with up to three years imprisonment and whipping. The Sharia Penal law in the Malaysian state of Syriah prescribes penalties for sodomy (Liwat) and lesbian relations (Musahaqat) with fines of RM5,000.00, three years imprisonment and 6 lashes of the whip. All these penalties can be combined [R1.4].
In November 2000, it was reported that over 100 Malaysian men were arrested by the Islamic Affairs Department's morality police for "attempting to commit homosexual acts" last year in Kuala Lumpur [R1.3].
In June 1999, Malaysian leaders have vehemently rejected a call to scrap the country's law prohibiting sexual acts between males [R1.2].
In November 1998, a group called the People's Voluntary Anti-Homosexual Movement (Pasrah) expressed a hope to "wipe out" gays, calling for severe penalties for gay sex and the closure of gay nightclubs [R1.1].