Malaysia set to introduce harsher punishment for Muslim gays
Gay Muslims in two Malaysian states are set to be punished twice for engaging in homosexual acts - once for being gay, and once for being Muslim and gay.
According to Reuters: 'Homosexuality is punishable by law in Malaysia by caning and up to 20 years in jail, but the legal amendments planned by Pahang and Malacca religious authorities would give the state governments additional ammunition.
'If the proposed changes came into force, a Muslim homosexual could be punished under both federal and state religious charges, meaning that jail terms could run consecutively and result in longer time.
'Analysts said the proposed amendments hinted at an increasing intolerance toward homosexuality and could erode support for the government among the majority ethnic Malays, who are Muslims by birth.'