FATWA TENTANG PENGHARAMAN TOMBOY DI AKHBAR METRO UK
Tomboys banned by Malaysian clerics
A fatwa banning Tomboys has been issued by
Malaysia's main body of clerics.
The National Fatwa Council has forbidden girls behaving
or dressing like boys during a meeting in northern Malaysia, said Harussani
Idris Zakaria, the mufti of northern Perak state.
Harussani said an increasing number of Malaysian girls
behave like tomboys, and that some of them engage in homosexuality.
Homosexuality is not explicitly banned in Malaysia, but
it is effectively illegal under a law that prohibits sex acts 'against the order
Harussani said the council's ruling was not legally
binding because it has not been passed into law, but that tomboys should be
banned because their actions are immoral.
Malays generally follow the council's "fatwas" out of
deference, but violators rarely get into trouble unless the edict is
incorporated into national or Shariah law.
"It doesn't matter if it's a law or not. When it's
wrong, it's wrong. It is a sin," Harussani added. "Tomboy (behavior) is
forbidden in Islam."
Under the edict, girls are forbidden to sport short hair
and dress, walk and act like boys, Harussani said. Boys should also not act like
girls, he added.
Malaysian media have reported on recent incidents of
school bullying among girls, which have been caught on film and circulated on
the Internet. In one film, some girls are seen beating up another girl in a
A well-known Malaysian Muslim actress caused uproar last
year when she shaved her head bald for a film. Harussani and other muftis urged
Muslims not to watch the movie, arguing that the actress had violated Islam by
making herself look like a man.
It was not immediately clear what kind of punishment
awaited those who violate the tomboy edict, or