A federal enforcer from the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) has expressed his willingness to meet well-known cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat following rumours on social media that she is transgender.
In an open letter on his Facebook profile, Mohd Izwan Md Yusof, who handles lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, said he wanted to meet her to provide help and not to punish her.
“We invite Nur to visit Jakim so we can get to know each other and discuss her situation or to meet at a location she is comfortable with,” he said in the post.
“We are ready to meet 24/7.”
Nur Sajat is behind the successful Jangan Mengata cosmetics brand and Let’s Cantik clothing line.
Business Insider found a number of clips on YouTube suggesting that she had undergone a sex change, including alleged official documentation revealing her real name, among other personal details.
Izwan said that Jakim was impartial to the rumours floating on social media about Nur Sajat and that there is a need to know the facts of the issue first.
“We are aware of the ridicule and crude words netizens have directed at Nur,” he wrote.
“My friends in Jakim and I are always open to assist and give advice on issues of identity and gender confusion from an Islamic perspective.”
In a separate Facebook post, Jakim’s director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha endorsed Izwan’s open invitation reinforcing that the agency wants to “help, not punish” Nur Sajat.
A report by mStar quoted Nur Sajat as saying that she was willing to meet with Jakim, but would only do so if it was done appropriately for mutual benefit.
“So far, Sajat has not received any information from my personal assistants regarding the meet. If anyone wants to find Sajat, I’m always around at Wisma Nur Sajat,” she said, speaking in third person.
The Malaysian LGBT community remains in the shadows particularly for Muslims for fear of repercussions from religious authorities in the predominantly Muslim country which has religious laws which makes same-sex relationships and cross-dressing illegal.