Last updated Saturday, November 29, 2014 09:03am

KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 – The government through the religious authorities and Communication and Multimedia Ministry has been urged to take action against male actors who take up effeminate roles in pay television.

Senator Rohani Abdullah said even though the actors might only be playing out a part, dressing up in female attire and behaving like a woman were forbidden in Islam.

“Their actions would be seen as promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) practices,” she said when debating the motion of thanks for the royal address by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, in Parliament, today.

She noted that the religious authorities had taken action against transvestites and transgender but not actors masquerading as women.

“The action by the religious authorities is restricted to the public, but it must be realised that pay television is watched by the masses,” she said, urging the government to also curb Shiite teachings in the country which was becoming rampant. – Bernama