A bit of background first: Gay sex is illegal in Malaysia and homosexuals say they face discrimination from government policies such as a law that makes sodomy punishable by 20 years in prison, and these actions took place in the conservative state of Terengganu.
66 students ranging in age between 13 and 17 had first been identified as femmine by their teachers, and thus to be at risk for either becoming gay or transgendered. They were then selected to a special camp for counselling on masculine behaviour, where they are said to be undergoing four days of religious and physical education.
The state's education director, Razali Daud, said the students were invited to join the camp and were not compelled to do so.
"As educators, we have to do something about it before the young ones misunderstand people and reach the point of no return,"he was quoted as saying by the New Straits Times.
Mr Razali says although homosexuals and transvestites exist in Malaysia...
"We understand that some people end up as mak nyah (transvestite) or a homosexual, but we will do our best to limit the number,"
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