Beer drinking model to get caned in Malaysia
Religious police call time on beach party
A Malaysian model faces six lashes of the cane for drinking beer at a beach resort in the mainly Muslim country.
Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, was busted last year at a hotel nightclub at Cherating in Pahang state, during a raid by the state's religious department, The Telegraph reports.
She 'fessed up to drinking beer, putting her on the wrong side of the state's prohibition laws. She was hit with an £860 fine and sentenced to six lashes, a sentence which is due to be carried out at a women's prison next week.
According to The Telegraph she could have been handed a jail term of three years, and chose not to appeal the sentence in an effort to get things over and done with.
Malaysia reportedly uses canings as a punishment for a range of offences, both for the Muslim majority, and other religious groups. The cane, which the Telegraph says by law is "no thicker than the little finger", is applied to the buttocks.
However, Shukarno is the first woman to be caned for drinking beer in the state, and the punishment is being seen as a sign of the increased influence of hardline Islam in the country.
Your correspondent was offered the opportunity to participate in some corporal punishment while travelling in Malaysia some years ago. In that instance, the perp was a youth who'd been caught pickpocketing and who had been tied to a lamppost at a Mosque by a policeman.
When the locals spotted a Westerner, they thought it only fair that he be given the chance to dole out some punishment, given that Westerners are presumed to be pickpockets' favoured victims. And given that Westerners are on average larger than Malaysians, they presumably would have found the spectacle more entertaining.
While always respectful of local customs, on this occasion your correspondent demurred, leaving the policeman to deal with the issue in the traditional manner. ®
By Anonymous Coward Posted Thursday 20th August 2009 12:03 GMT
*edit for yawns*
Yes, ASBOs are little deterrence, but meeting violence and anti-social behavior with more violence? Surely there's a better, more civilised way.
Ship the buggers off to the new territory? Iraqistan
I like your thinking !!!!!
have you noticed that whilst punishments have become more & more liberal, with the need for reform & rehabilitation, the crimes being committed are becoming more & more violent and frequent.
could be a coincidence ... just saying
oh, and to the grammar police, GET A LIFE !
Only applies to Muslims
Please note that Islamic laws in Malaysia are only applicable to Muslims. They do not apply to other groups like Chinese, Hindus etc. In this case the model is a Malaysian Muslim (though she lives in Singapore was back to see her family). Its obvious eh knew the law and still transgressed and she is happy to get the punishment to be over and done with.
Incidently this applies to toursists as well. If you are a non-Muslim and visit Malaysia, you can happily drink alcohol and sleep with other women/men. However, any Muslim visiting Malaysia may not drink alcohol in Sharia controlled states. Also they cannot sleep with anyone who is not their wife/husband (this applies to whole of Malaysia).
btw this is not entrapment. The alcohol is widely available so that other ethnic groups and tourists can buy it. Malaysia is not a totally dry country.
Somone mentioned Dubai. There you can drink acohol in hotels only. You cannot drink in public nor be drunk outside. Thats mainly for the tourists. But have you seen a local Dubai arab drink? Naaaaarrrrr!!!!
@AC Is that not entrapement (sic)?
No it's not.
You can't spell it and you don't know what it means, but that doesn't stop you being a patronising little cock. Go away.
Still here? Consider that alcohol and cigarettes are on sale in shops in the UK, and that minors are allowed in these shops, but aren't allowed to buy them. Have Amnesty cottoned on to this scandal? No? You should probably let them know.