Malaysia makes it illegal to sell, own Swatch LGBT-themed watches


The Malaysian government, on Thursday, criminalized the sale or possession of the rainbow-colored Pride collection watches from Swiss watchmaker Swatch Group that celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movement, with offenders facing up to three years in jail.

Homosexuality is a crime in the predominantly Muslim country, and there is a growing intolerance of the LGBT community.

The ban on the watches, signed into force by Home Affairs Minister Saifuddin Nasution, covers activities including importation, production, sale, and possession.

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