DIANA (not her real name), a transgender, works as a nurse in a local hospital.
At the Mak nyah Drop-in Centre of PT Foundation, mak nyahs have religious studies, too.
But a marked difference is they are not asked to "repent".
Instead, every Thursday and Saturday for two hours, Ustaz Muhamad Kasim Mohd Osman from the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi) explains Islamic teachings to his students using simple terms in a non-judgmental manner.
Response, ever since classes started four years ago, has been nothing less than exceptional.
It's a misconception that transgenders do not believe in religion, says Khartini Slamah.
"I'm a Muslim and a transgender. I don't feel a conflict.
I still believe in God. Many Malay mak nyahs believe in religion. We pray five times a day, but we don't have to tell people that. We don't have to."
Twenty-five years ago, it was almost impossible to string the words "Islam" and "transsexuals" in one sentence without creating some sort of confrontation. . . .Read More