Let transgender people use restrooms in peace

Opinion  |  Fa Abdul
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COMMENT | Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin had this to say, following the controversy about which restroom the transgender community should use:

"I would like to suggest that if any individual is confused, it is recommended he meets an expert to examine him while he urinates to determine the origin of the urine.

"If it exits from a male organ, then use the men's restroom. If it exits from a woman's genitals, then please use the women's restroom.

"If nothing comes out at all or if it does not come out from either male or female genitals, then please go to the hospital. If the doctors say you are disabled, then you can use the disabled restroom," he wrote on his Facebook page.

A few female friends I spoke to regarding this matter seem to agree with the mufti.

“It’s not about discrimination. It’s about safety,” they tell me.

I asked them if they had ever experienced being harassed by a transgender woman in a ladies’ restroom or if they had ever heard of such a case in Malaysia.

Ignoring my question, they said, “It’s also about comfort, you know. How can we ladies be comfortable sharing our space with those who do not belong in the ladies’ room?”...

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