H&M’s LGBT collection will not be sold in Malaysia

Swedish-owned H&M confirmed on June 2, that its LGBT collection titled “Love For All” will not be available for sale in Malaysia.

According to Malaysiakini, H&M Malaysia & Singapore communications manager Abby Wee told that “Love For All” launched to celebrate Pride of LGBT community was the collection from last year.

“With multiple collections launching each season, it is up to each local market to decide on what collections to carry,” she added.

The clarification from H&M’s representative came out as the response to the question asked by Malaysian anti-LGBT politician Fathul Bari Mat Jahya. Posting via Twitter account on June 1, Fathul Bari questioned H&M that if it would sell its ‘Love For All’ collection in Malaysian stores and also asked whether the percent of sales would be donated to support the LGBT.

“I want to ask @hmmalaysia. Is H&M Malaysia also involved in the LGBT campaign as featured on the ig (Instagram) of H&M (UK) and United Nations Free & Equal ig?.
“That 10 percent of sales will be donated to the UN Free & Equal movement to support the LGBT struggle? Thank you @azmanhaj,” he tweeted in Malaysian.

In order to support equality, right and pride of LGBT community, “Love For All” collection was released in May 2018 and its 10% of the sales price has been donated to UN Free & Equal, the United Nations Human Rights Office campaign aiming to build awareness on sexual orientation and gender identity in worldwide.

Peggy Hicks, Director of thematic work at the UN Human Rights Office said, “the support we receive from H&M will help the UN Free & Equal campaign work together with activists and equality champions to raise public awareness and mobilise for positive changes in laws and attitudes.”

Fathul Bari Mat Jahya is a member of United Malays National Organization (Umno) supreme council in which its members set a good record in attacking LGBTI people because this is not the first time some members expressed their opinion against LGBT.

As it was reported by gaystarnews, UMNO leader, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, blamed the LGBTI community for a deadly earthquake and tsunami in 2018, Indonesia.

“If we look at the situation in Malaysia, we are concerned over the incident of earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Indonesia, recently, where it is believed more than 1000 [LGBTI people] were involved in such activities,’ Hamidi said in parliament.

“But the whole area was destroyed as part of God’s punishment.”

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