Malay transsexual loses bid to change gender
19 July 2011, 13:13
Kuala Lumpur — A Malaysian transsexual who underwent sex-change surgery has lost her bid to officially change her gender, with a court ruling that a person's sex is determined at birth.
Lawyer Horley Isaacs said on Tuesday that the high court ruled the day before that 26-year-old Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz's sex-change surgery was merely external.
Ashraf underwent a complete sex-change operation in Thailand in 2008 and has sought a court declaration that she is a woman after authorities refused to update her name and gender on her identity card.
Sex-change surgery is legal in mainly Muslim Malaysia, but transsexuals have had problems legally changing their gender status.