Caning for Shariah Offence (Beer Drinking)

Beer-Drinking Model Faces Caning in Malaysia

MySinchew  21 July 2009 LINK and BERNAMA. July 20, 2009 19:45 PM LINK

For Further News Updates, please read below.

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Caning for beer drinking has reared its head in Malaysia. Given the jurisprudential logic of Shariah I wonder what is the next ‘offence (s)’ that becomes punishable by caning – or worse.

Today Shariah punishment for Muslims, tomorrow for Dhimmis (Subordinate underclass non-Muslims tolerated under Islamic/ Shariah majority rule).————————–

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – A religious court in Malaysia has sentenced a tearful Singaporean Muslim model to six strokes of the cane after she drank beer in a nightclub, reports said Tuesday.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol at a hotel nightclub in the eastern state of Pahang last year, the New Straits Times newspaper reported.

“We feel the sentence is fair after going through the prosecution’s argument and since the rotan (cane) is provided for in the law,” Pahang Sharia High Court judge Abdul Rahman Yunus said, according to the paper.

“The rotan is aimed at making the accused repent and serves as a lesson to Muslims,” he added, also fining Kartika 5,000 ringgit (1,412 dollars).

The model, who cried when the judgement was delivered, said she would appeal.

State religious officials could not be reached for comment on the case.

Malaysia, which has large Indian and Chinese minorities freely enjoying alcohol, has a two-track legal system. Civil courts operate alongside state-based sharia courts, which can try Muslims for religious offences. (AFP)

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BERNAMA July 20, 2009 19:45 PM LINK

Model Fined, Whipped For Consuming Beer

KUANTAN, July 20 (Bernama) — The Syariah High Court here Monday sentenced a model to a RM5,000 fine and six whippings after she pleaded guilty to consuming an alcoholic drink in public last year.

In his judgement, Syarie judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Yunus said in the event Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarnor, 32, from Sungai Siput, Perak failed to pay the fine, she would be imprisoned for three years.

Kartika was accused of consuming a beer at Cherating Bay Lounge, the Legend Hotel in Cherating at about 11.40pm on July 11 last year.

She was charged under Section 136 of the Pahang Administration of the Islam Law and Malay Custom Enactment.

The accused, who cried when the judgement was delivered, said she would file an appeal through her counsel, Mohd Zuki Che Mat Ghani.

Syarie deputy public prosecutor Saiful Idham Sahimi appeared for the prosecution.

RELATED NEWS UPDATES

Update 1 – BERNAMA July 22, 2009 17:57 PM LINK

Model Wants Court To Expedite Whipping Sentence

IPOH, July 22 (Bernama) — A part-time model who was fined RM5,000 and ordered to be whipped six times by the Kuantan Syariah High Court after pleading guilty to consuming beer, has expressed repentance and wants the court to expedite the whipping sentence.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarnor, 32, wants to get the ordeal over with as soon as possible so that she may focus on continuing life with her family and two children.

“I will accept this Earthly punishment, let Allah decide my punishment in the hereafter…for now the court has yet to tell me when the sentence will be carried out, so I would like to ask them to hasten it.

“I truly respect the court’s decision…I admit that it’s my offence and not that of others’, it’s not the offence of my parents, not the offence of my other family members,” a teary Kartika Sari Dewi told reporters when met here, on Wednesday.

Kartika Sari Dewi, who has been residing in Singapore for the last 15 years after marrying a local citizen, also expressed disappointment in herself and resignation to her fate.

She added that her husband was aware of her desire to undergo the whipping sentence as soon as possible and respected her decision.

On the RM5,000 fine, she said she had settled it on Monday.

“I want to advise youngsters to learn from my experience, to not repeat my mistake and cause shame to yourself and family,” she said.

Meanwhile, her father Shukarnor Mutalib, 60, said the punishment by the court adhered to the Islamic laws of the country for Muslims who consume alcohol.

“When I found out about the case, I left promptly for Singapore. My feelings on the matter was shock, because this is a big matter,” he said.

He said his daughter was given adequate care and religious lessons and the the incident had taught her a very useful lesson.

Yesterday, her lawyer Mohd Zuki Che Muhamad Ghani had said that she would not be appealing the sentence.
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Update 2 – BERNAMA. July 22, 2009 20:56 PM LINK

Syariah Lawyers Association Regrets Shahrizat’s Statement On Whipping Of Model

KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 (Bernama) — The Syariah Lawyers Association regretted the statement by Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil on the Syariah Court decision to whip a model for consuming liquor.

Its deputy president Musa Awang said the statement was a challenge and insult to the Kuantan Syariah Court.

He was also replying to a similar statement by Titiwangsa Member of Parliament Dr Lo’lo Mohd Ghazali.

Musa said Judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Yunus made the decision based on provisions of the law.

“Any unhappiness with the Syariah Court decision must be made via procedures provided by law,” he said in a statement here Wednesday.

Shahrizat said she was shocked by the Syariah Court decision and called for a fair and just punishment.

Dr Lo’lo was surprised that whipping of women was sanctioned by the Malaysian syariah law adding punishment should be educational, and not to cause hurt.

Musa said although whipping for women was not allowed by civil courts, Islam did not differentiate between men and women offenders.

“Their rights and punishments are the same according to Syariah law and in the eyes of God.”

“Although the two leaders intention was to defend women, they should understand the whipping methods according to Islam.”

He said the whipping implemented by Syariah Court was different from that done by Civil Courts.

“Whipping procedures in Pahang are spelled out in detail under section 125 and section 126 of the Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002.”

Musa said a rotan or small branch should be used for whipping and that it sholud be not more than 1.22 metre long and not more than 1.25cm thick.

Whipping would not be done on pregnant offenders and would only done two months after delivery. It must not hit the face, head, stomach, breast or private parts.

“It must be done using moderate force. The punisher should not raise their hands over the head so as not to injure the skin.”

He added offenders health should be checked by government health officers who should also be present during whipping.

July 22, 2009 17:57 PM

Model Wants Court To Expedite Whipping Sentence

IPOH, July 22 (Bernama) — A part-time model who was fined RM5,000 and ordered to be whipped six times by the Kuantan Syariah High Court after pleading guilty to consuming beer, has expressed repentance and wants the court to expedite the whipping sentence.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarnor, 32, wants to get the ordeal over with as soon as possible so that she may focus on continuing life with her family and two children.

“I will accept this Earthly punishment, let Allah decide my punishment in the hereafter…for now the court has yet to tell me when the sentence will be carried out, so I would like to ask them to hasten it.

“I truly respect the court’s decision…I admit that it’s my offence and not that of others’, it’s not the offence of my parents, not the offence of my other family members,” a teary Kartika Sari Dewi told reporters when met here, on Wednesday.

Kartika Sari Dewi, who has been residing in Singapore for the last 15 years after marrying a local citizen, also expressed disappointment in herself and resignation to her fate.

She added that her husband was aware of her desire to undergo the whipping sentence as soon as possible and respected her decision.

On the RM5,000 fine, she said she had settled it on Monday.

“I want to advise youngsters to learn from my experience, to not repeat my mistake and cause shame to yourself and family,” she said.

Meanwhile, her father Shukarnor Mutalib, 60, said the punishment by the court adhered to the Islamic laws of the country for Muslims who consume alcohol.

“When I found out about the case, I left promptly for Singapore. My feelings on the matter was shock, because this is a big matter,” he said.

He said his daughter was given adequate care and religious lessons and the the incident had taught her a very useful lesson.

Yesterday, her lawyer Mohd Zuki Che Muhamad Ghani had said that she would not be appealing the sentence.

— BERNAMA

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One Response to “Caning for Shariah Offence (Beer Drinking)”

  1. MUSLIM_ASIA Says:

    Hilarious & Humorous News. Does caning teaches repent? Islam teaches that in marriage the husband is a Khalifah.. He who guides the family and teaches the right from wrong. There is no perfect being in this world. They should have requests the husband to punish her sins. In civil court rulings, there is such a thing as first time offender or repeat offenders of either which has different penalties or severities. Caught for drinking in hotel lobby – WHIP… What abt drink driving? Is the matter going to be deal in civil or syariah court? Destroying one’s life is also considered a sin in the eyes of Allah the Almighty.

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