KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court threw out a bid by a man who underwent gender-reassignment surgery to change his gender in his Identification Card (IC).
Judge Datuk Asmabi Mohamad dismissed the application by one R. Vasudevan to change his gender as well as name to R. Maha Lakshmi. She ruled that Vasudevan failed to prove he possessed the necessary criteria to be regarded as a woman.
The court ordered Vasudevan to pay RM3,000 cost to the National Registration Department(NRD) director who is the defendant in the suit.
Vasudevan s legal action had sought a court order to compel the NRD director to amend his name and the final digit of his IC number to an even-number, to reflect his new claimed gender status.
The 25-year-old claimed that the IC amendments would be proper since he had gone through proper surgery to alter himself into a woman.
Vasudevan was represented by counsel P. Muniswer while senior federal counsel Maisarah Juhari acted for the NRD director.