Did you notice? Malaysians have been trending the hashtag #TetapNormal (still normal) on Twitter these past few days.
Apparently, the movement came as a response after the #TetapBangga (still proud) hashtag became a trending topic in Malaysia over the weekend.
— Izzati Elya (@IzzatiElya) September 21, 2020
— Leeya⁷ (@mrfsty) September 21, 2020
For those who don’t know, the local LGBTQ community had been trending #TetapBangga, stating that they are proud of who they are, despite it being against the Islamic law. However, their opinion didn’t sit well with others out there, especially among Muslims.
A number of Malaysians soon trended the latter hashtag, pointing out that they don’t support the aforementioned movement in our country. As mentioned by a few netizens on Twitter, it is wrong to normalise such a lifestyle in our country. They also shared some non-governmental sectors that are willing to help the LGBTQ community repent.
Others also commented that what is haram (forbidden) is still considered illegal. Check out some of the tweets below:
i don’t hate lgbt people, nor a homophobic. But i don’t support it either so #TetapNormal ✨
“yang haram tetap haram”
— mcgonagall (@paihahahahaha) September 21, 2020
Please stop showing your own sin like it's a good thing?! as much as you have sinned, just do not normalise being 'proud' of it. Just don't. May Allah take care of us. #TetapNormal https://t.co/oUf2lNXfOG
— نَ (@NisNabilahhhhh) September 21, 2020
#TetapNormal?? I know some of you are struggling to get out from this. It's okay if you have ups and downs. Just don't normalise these and always keep doing and struggling and seek helps from others too and authorised people. There are people out there willing to help you ? https://t.co/gCwuB5aKPr
— الشيخ القطي (@Jacksyedabdul) September 21, 2020
If you are a Muslim LGBTQ please know your brothers and sisters love you and there are ALWAYS people willing to help you find peace and acceptance but u gotta surround urself with the right circle #TetapNormal
— zie (@zira_hmh) September 21, 2020
To our dearest geng tetap bangga!
you guys should get help to back into fitrah, instead of fighting for the rights
we truly accept you as you are, as long as you understand and want to be helped☺️#Tetapnormal??
— husnaaqirah_ (@hsna_aqrh) September 21, 2020
Jangan pernah lihat dosa sebagai perkara biasa!!!
Jangan pernah wujudkan normalisasi terhadap dosa!!!
— ? (@amka_run) September 21, 2020
However, their effort has in turn sparked quite an outrage among those in the liberal circle. Many took to Twitter to clap back at the haters for slamming their life choices. Some even called these conservative people out for being homophobic towards them.
— n (@sobivrs) September 21, 2020
— 恭喜?发财 (@StartMeARiot) September 22, 2020
— aitin (@skeboih) September 21, 2020
Instead of trying to be self-righteous, shouldn’t we focus on spreading kindness?