Kelantan transvestites repent, return to the right path

Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

KOTA BARU: Many of the state’s transvestites, who were active in the 1980s, have repented and returned to the right path.

To prove that they have repented, the transvestites reject the invitations of men who want them to take part in immoral activities or accompany them to entertainment outlets.

One of the transvestite, who only wanted to be known as Cik Ma, said a few men had come to his house, here, and asked him to entertain them.

The 73-year-old, who started wearing women’s clothes when he was 15, said he had rejected their invitation politely.

“I explained to them that I was already more than 70 years old and I was not interested in such immoral behaviour any more. I told them I wanted to stay at home and performing more religious obligations like normal people.

“Praise be to God. They understand my situation and left my house,” he told the New Straits Times at his home today.

Cik Ma who is from Salor, Pasir Mas, said he and several friends repented more than 20 years ago. He said they had opened restaurants or worked as tailors.

But, many have passed away while others have returned to the right path.

“Only my three friends and I are left. Once in a while we meet at my home or at their homes.”

Cik Ma says he started wearing women’s clothes when he was 15. Pic by SHARIFAH MAHSINAH ABDULLAH

She said there were more than 30 transvestites in the 1980s. “We were wild and were involved in vice activities,” said Cik Ma who added that his customers included enforcement officers.

“We would go to hotels with our customers. The majority were young men.”

Cik Ma, who makes a living as an office cleaner, said he had not missed Friday prayers for 20 years and hoped that the public would not insult tranvestites like him.

“It cannot be denied that there are transvestites in Kelantan but they are not as wild as we were before.They are much younger and involved in the activities just for fun, not to earn money.”

Recently, state Syariah Chief Judge Datuk Daud Muhammad said Kelantan would continue to take strict action against transvestites, including visitors.

He said under Section Seven of the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Code Enactment 1985, a man who dressed as a woman or behaved like a transvestite could be fined up to RM1,000 or jailed at least six months or both. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd