We are constantly admonished that Malaysia is a “moderate” Muslim country that shows that Islam is perfectly compatible with modern norms and principles of human rights. This is the reality.
“‘Bleak future for Malaysia’ as public canings allowed under Islamic law reform,” by Katie Mansfield, Telegraph, July 12, 2017:
PUBLIC caning will be allowed in part of Malaysia after a state amended its Islamic laws sparking major criticism.
The new law was approved in the state assembly of Kelantan, which is governed by a conservative Islamist party, PAS, and where nightclubs and cinemas are banned.
The northeastern state has been pushing for the adoption of a strict Islamic penal code, called ‘hudud’, that would provide for punishments such as stoning for adultery and amputations for theft.
It is unclear what crimes will be punishable by public caning but it is thought to include adultery.
According to Bernama state news agency Kelantan deputy chief minister Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah the amendment allowing public caning was passed as part of an effort to streamline sentencing under Islamic criminal law.
He said: “Caning can now be carried out inside or outside of prison, depending on the court’s decision.
“This is in line with the religion, which requires that sentencing must be done in public.”
Islamic law is implemented in all Malaysian states but is restricted to family issues such as divorce and inheritance, as well as sharia crimes involving Muslims, such as consuming alcohol and adultery. Criminal cases are handled by federal law.
Critics say the amendment could be unconstitutional and infringe on the rights of religious minorities. …
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