Pecah Lobang (Busted): Muslim Transsexual Sex Workers in Malaysia

“Pecah Lobang,” which means “busted,” explores what it’s like to be a Muslim transsexual sex worker in Malaysia.

Shot in the Chow Kit red light district, the documentary revolves around Natasha, a Muslim Mak Nyah, who refuses to live life as a man. Unable to secure employment because of discrimination, Natasha turns to sex work and lives in constant fear of the police and religious authorities.

Crossdressing is a crime under Syariah law for Muslims and the penalties are severe. But it wasn’t always enforced in Malaysia. How did the country become so heavy-handed on the transsexual community?

A religious scholar, a physician who conducted sex change surgeries, a sociologist, three attorneys and an outreach worker explain how it all came to be.

“Pecah Lobang” menyiasat pengalaman seorang transeksual beragama Islam yang menyara hidupnya sebagai pekerja seks di Malaysia.

Dokumentari yang digambarkan di sekitar Chow Kit ini menceritakan kehidupan seorang Mak Nyah beragama Islam bernama Natasha. Natasha terpaksa menjadi seorang pekerja seks akibat diskriminasi yang wujud di dalam masyarakat terhadap golongan Mak Nyah. Pihak polis dan penguatkuasa agama yang sentiasa memburu pekerja-pekerja seks membuatkan Natasha sentiasa di dalam ketakutan.

Undang-undang Syariah di Malaysia melarang lelaki daripada berpakaian wanita. Akan tetapi, penguatkuasaan undang-undang itu tidak wujud suatu masa dahulu. Bagaimanakah penguatkuasaan ke atas transeksual di Malaysia menjadi ketat?

Seorang ahli ulama, seorang pakar bedah yang pernah melakukan pembedahan penukaran jantina, seorang pakar sosiologi, sekumpulan peguam dan seorang pekerja sosial berkongsi pendapat tentang keadaan undang-undang terhadap Mak Nyah di negara ini.

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