Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian Muslim youth
who failed in his bid to change his name and gender after
undergoing a sex change operation died of heart disease on Saturday.
Mohd Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz (25) shot into limelight
after the Kuala Terengganu High Court rejected his application
to change his gender and name to Aleesha Farhana in the
national identity card, Malaysian news agency Bernama
Aziz was admitted to a hospital at Kuala Terengganu,
about 500 kilometers northeast of Kuala Lumpur, yesterday
after experiencing heart problems and low blood pressure, it
Doctors said that he was suffering from unstable chest
pains associated with heart disease.
The youth had undergone a sex change operation in
Thailand in 2009.
Malaysian minister of Women, Family and Community
Development Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said she was deeply saddened
that her ministry was not able to provide in time counselling
"We were concerned about his wellbeing. My ministry is
welfare-oriented and we are non-judgemental," the minister
"We try to understand and counsel anyone who needs our
help, especially people who feel desperate but for Aziz, it is
too late now," she said.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) law
lecturer Assistant Professor Shamrahayu Ab Aziz said Islamic
jurisprudence was very clear on the issue of transsexuals.
"Islam does not permit sex changes to avoid any
confusion and problems that would crop up later," he said.
However, Shamrahayu said Islam allowed sex changes for