I left this comment:
Alvivi (and Alvin in the specific) are not alone in the slightest: many Malaysians, notably young-ish and LGBTQ Malaysians, have left the country through any means possible because we don’t want to deal with the kinds of repercussions they’ve dealt with. It gets worse if you were Muslim and don’t conform to the religion anymore: your religion is hardcoded into your ID, and if you’re officially Muslim (usually from birth) you can’t convert out without threat of jail.
I’m in a similar boat to theirs: I left Malaysia and am now in the Bay Area in large part due to wishing to avoid further persecution over my identity and expression thereof. (Added complications: I am from an ultra-persecuted racial-minority in Malaysia, I am technically Muslim but don’t conform, I am a queer gender-non-conforming woman.) Unlike Alvivi I didn’t start writing and creating art around sexuality until AFTER I’d left the country, but that just means that if I end up back there I have to go stealth lest I deal with jailtime. Unlike Alvin I’m here “legally”, but ever since my friends got wind of my visa running out everyone’s suggesting I apply for asylum because of situations like these - problem is, my family’s upper-middle-class enough to “afford” the “legal” way, and it’s not like I’m literally getting beaten up or jailed am I?
It’s kinda unfortunate that Alvin seems to be pretty much a douchebag in a lot of ways - he’s now the face of the effects of repression and the use of religion as political whipping cane in Malaysia (seriously, almost all the political parties are trying to be More Muslim Than Thou just to be voted in). There are many other stories of people in Alvin’s situation, in my situation, who have been fleeing the country for YEARS, but who have not really been heard from because Malaysia isn’t exactly a “sexy enough” country to be cared about (be honest, before the planes in 2014, did you know Malaysia existed?).