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JAKIM Updates Gay Conversion App That Used To Have a Grindr Feature To Return To The “Correct” Ways

today14 March 2022

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Malaysia A LGBT pride flag flies at the women's march in Malaysia on March 9.

It’s no secret that Malaysia – or the Malaysian government, to be specific – has a strong stance against any orientation that can be placed under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.

Being a majority Muslim country, there’s been lots of well-documented activity detailing attempts to quash homosexual behaviour and non-binary views in the country, especially within the Islamic community.

Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM) has just re-released their smartphone app designed specifically to convert Malaysian Muslims who are part of the LGBTQ+ community to return to the ‘correct’ ways as taught in Islamic scripture.

According to its description on Google’s app store, it includes “suggestions, ideas, explanations and interpretations” to help users “overcome the problem of homosexuality”.

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Written by: Quinny Tan