Outrage after Malaysian paper publish how-to-spot-gays checklist

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Sinar Harian has not yet issued any response to the controversy.

"[They] like going to the gym but not for exercising, but to ogle others", reads one of the bullet points, adding that gay men have a penchant for beards and branded clothes and that their eyes light up when they see a handsome slice of beefcake.

When it comes to lesbians, the checklist details that they can be identified because they tend to hug each other, hold hands, and belittle men.

But Sinar Harian's article might pave the way for another wave of gay bashing in the conservative, Muslim-majority country, advocates anxious.

He said: "If you really want to educate society then explain to them the traits of a paedophile, a molester, a murderer, a kidnapper, people who actually endanger the lives of others".

He posted a video on his Facebook page which has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

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"Do not tell them about gays - how the hell does a gay person endanger your life?".

Malaysia is on the lookout for bearded men who love working out, because they're gay and gay is illegal there. this according to one of the top newspapers in the country. "With an article like this you're only going to take away lives". "That's how stupid this whole article sounds", he said. But fear not - thanks to the Malaysian newspaper Sinar Harian, you'll be able to spot any potential homosexuals.

In March past year Walt Disney pulled the release of its film Beauty and Beast from Malaysia after film censors deemed it could only be approved if a gay scene was cut.

In June, the Malaysian Health Ministry sponsored a contest that offered up to $1 000 (almost R12 000) to youths who came up with videos about "preventing" homosexuality, the BBC reported.

Just last year an 18-year-old student was beaten then burned to death by his classmates who labelled him a "pondon" - derogatory slang term for a gay man. A 27-year-old transgender woman, Sameera Krishnan, was attacked with a knife and shot thrice in a targeted attack a few months later.

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