The Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) wishes to meet popular cosmetics entrepreneur Nur Sajat following rumours that she may be a ‘he’.
Jakim’s family, social and community development division deputy director Dr Izwan Khusus extended the invitation to Nur Sajat through an open letter posted on Facebook today.
Izwan, who deals with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, said he wanted to meet Nur Sajat to provide help and not punish her, mStar portal reported.
“We invite Nur to visit Jakim so we can get to know each other and discuss her situation,” mStar quoted him as saying, adding that they could meet at any place she was most comfortable with.
Izwan reportedly said Jakim was impartial to the rumours on social media about Nur Sajat, adding that they needed to understand the real issues first.
“We are aware of the ridicule and crude words netizens have directed at Nur.
“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,” he was quoted saying.
On Twitter, Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha also expressed his support for the meeting.
“Dr Izwan has agreed to arrange a meeting with Nur Sajat. We want to help, not punish,” Othman said.
mStar quoted Nur Sajat as saying she was willing to meet with Jakim, but would only agree to do if it was done appropriately for mutual benefit.
“If they wanted to meet, they can contact [me] or through a personal assistant, not through a public message like that,” Nur Sajat was quoted saying.
The entrepreneur faced public backlash recently after she sang and appeared in a music video by another cosmetics millionaire-turned-singer, Datuk Aliff Syukri Kamarzaman.
Aliff was later forced to reshoot the video minus Nur Sajat.
According to the Malay Mail Online, the local LGBT community remains in the shadows, particularly Muslims, for fear of attention from religious authorities and in view of religious laws prohibiting same-sex relationships and cross-dressing.