Many individuals and organizations have commented on the fine of RM5, 000 and 6 strokes of the cane imposed on the model, Kartika, for consuming beer in public. We will consider just two of these opinions.
1) Menteri Besar, Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat
The Menteri Besar has commended a model who wants the court to expedite her sentence after being ordered to be caned by a Pahang syariah court for consuming alcohol in public.
Nik Aziz said Muslims who were aware of Islamic laws would accept it whether it came in the form of caning, amputation of the arm or stoning to death.
“They understand if the laws in this world are not in accordance with Islam, they will be on the receiving end again in the hereafter. So rather than being burnt later, it is better to have it settled now.
Punishment like caning and stoning have existed in Islam but we will not see it being carried out in Malaysia as long as the country is governed by secularists.”
Long may secularists continue to govern this country!
Haslinah Yacob, vice-president, All Women’s Action Society, states that AWAM has always taken a clear stand against corporal punishment in any situation, whether it involves a man or a woman because we feel it is a violation of a person’s human rights. Furthermore, we believe such punitive methods are ineffective in really changing people’s behaviour as compared to taking a more holistic approach that includes education and awareness.
Words of wisdom from the women!