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Malaysia court debates on name after sex change operation

Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz underwent sex change in a Thai hospital 3 years ago.

Kuala Terengganu: The high court here is in a dilemma over whether or not to allow a person to take a feminine name after a sex change operation.

High Court Judge Mohammed Yazid Mustafa said the court was facing difficulties in rendering a judgment on a plea by Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz, 25, who underwent a sex change in a hospital in Thailand three years ago and now seeks a name change.

The person wants to be called Aleesha Farhana Abdul Aziz.

"If the court allows a name change, we fear it might have an impact on society. It is a difficult decision," The Star quoted the judge as saying on Thursday.

He set July 18 for a decision as he needed more time to consider the arguments from both parties.

The applicant`s lawyer Horley Isaacs said his client was facing difficulty in leading a "normal" life.

However, senior Federal Prosecutor Adha Abu Bakar argued that the female nature of the applicant was only external and not internal.

She said that despite the change, there was no doctor`s report to show that psychologically Ashraf had become a natural woman.

Aziz, who came to court dressed in feminine attire, complete with a pink head scarf, refused to comment and instead covered his face and ran away from the media.


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