Recent news on Brunei’s implementation of Sharia law on LGBT individuals, which is stoning to death if found guilty, garnered a huge reaction from international celebrities and netizens. They rallied their followers to boycott businesses owned by Brunei royalty.
Sharia law is an Islamic religious law with its own court that has jurisdiction over Islamic matters. Naturally this would be associated with Muslims or Malay people, therefore it’s expected to have more support from them.
But surprisingly there are some non-Muslims who support Brunei’s implementation. In spite of all the controversy, some non-Muslim netizens reacted differently than expected.
While half of the comments and posts fight for the rights of LBGT to express themselves, the other half praised Brunei for going through with this law. There are netizens who ask others to leave Brunei alone, others argue the nature of being LGBT, while some defended the Sultan’s right.
Meanwhile, some internet users are either really confused or have a very different love for Brunei, or perhaps they are just trolling.
Clearly, the law is garnering mixed reactions everywhere, and it’s not safe to say only Muslims or Malays support it. One cannot be too quick to judge another’s ideals.