One of the most famous transgender figures in Malaysia – Safiey Ilias – has gotten the world’s attention when her story was covered by popular British tabloid newspaper Daily Mail.

The British daily reports about Safiey Ilias’ refusal to meet with Federal Territories mufti Datuk Seri Zulkifli Mohamad who called the cosmetic millionaire out after the former flaunted herself wearing sexy bikinis on a luxurious yacht.


“It’s not that I don’t want to meet the mufti, but society likes to expect too much. People will expect that after meeting the mufti, I will go back to be a man, and some will say it’s a marketing ploy for a new song or product,” she said on her Instagram.

The businesswoman also said that people will accused her of riding on religion so she got tired of meeting people’s expectation.

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The international daily also reports Malaysia as a country that “has become increasingly intolerant of transgender people.”

“The past year has seen attacks on trans people increase at an alarming rate with a transgender woman found murdered in Klang on New Year’s Day. The Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, has also previously described LGBTQ+ as a ‘Western concept’,” the daily wrote.

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