Mimi / Malaysia
“Assalamualaikom, and good day to fellow readers. My name is Mimi and i’m a Mak Nyah (transwoman).
I’m from Kuala Lumpur. When i was early 20s i started to mix around with other Mak Nyah (transwomen) and always socialize with others especially at night.
I started to involve as a sex worker initially just for fun, then i get serious and working full time. At first everything is fascinating, i get so many customers and my life was quite luxurious.
I always go shopping and fulfill my every needs. At that time life is so perfect but ‘the sky is not always bright’. After 6 months working in the streets i was caught by the religious authority (JAWI) in KL. But i didn’t give up easily and still keep on working doing sex work on the streets. Now after 10 years, i’m still doing sex work, a lot of sweet & bitter moments that i’ve been through and also living in Malaysia, Mak Nyah (transwomen) community were always look down and judged by the society and also associated with many negative things.
I hope one day i can come out from this vices and change. Eventhough i’m a Mak Nyah (transwoman), i just want a decent life like others in the society. My hope and wish is that the Mak Nyah (transwomen) community in Malaysia will be respected and look upon by all groups in the society and are not sidelined.”