Magistrate allows mother to decide sentence on son

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KOTA BARU, Oct 3 – In a move rarely seen in Malaysian courts, a magistrate today gave a mother the opportunity to decide the sentence on his son for threatening her life with a pair of scissors.

Magistrate Nik Habri Muhamad allowed Rahimah Abdul Rahman, 52, to sentence his son, Adam Abdullah, 28, who committed the offence at Lot 2606 Kampung Terap Banggu at 9.30am on June 19.

Adam was charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code which provides for jail sentence of two years’ or fine or both upon conviction.

Nik Habri said Rahimah could decide to pass a light sentence or a heavy sentence.

Rahimah, however, forgave her son and decided on a light sentence. The court them sentenced Adam to one year’s jail from the date of the offence (June 19).

Earlier, Adam, who was unrepresented by counsel sought forgiveness from his mother and promised not to repeat the offence. Deputy Public Prosecutor Hamidah Mahmood prosecuted.

Summonses against ‘indecently dressed’ Muslims to educate, Kelantan authorities say

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KOTA BHARU, Sept 27 — The Kelantan Islamic Religious Affairs Department (Jaheaik) has stressed that summonses issued against Muslim men and women caught for indecent dressing were meant to educate.

Its assistant director (enforcement division), Mohd Fadzuli Mohd Zain said the individuals issued with summonses from the department were only required to attend counselling sessions failing which, they would be hauled up to the Syariah Court where they risked being fined RM1,000, upon conviction.

“Previously, there were individuals served with summonses and after attending the counselling sessions, they understood the reasons and they did not have to pay the fine,” he said when contacted here today. Read more

Suhakam raises concerns over Tanah Merah immigration depot

Source: The Star Online

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail –File pic

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has highlighted “unsanitary” and “poor” conditions at the Tanah Merah immigration depot in Kelantan.

Suhakam’s chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said that the commission had made a site visit to the depot on Aug 23 to inspect the conditions and human rights situation there.

“In terms of the physical and building conditions, Suhakam found that two out of the three main blocks made of wooden structures were dilapidated. To make matters worse, the conditions were unsanitary and the blocks were poorly maintained,” said Razali in a statement on Wednesday. Read more

FT Mufti: Public caning detractors hostile to Islamic laws

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, July 26 — The Federal Territories mufti has defended Kelantan’s move to implement Shariah caning in public, claiming the punishment was beneficial especially when performed in the open.

In a brief statement, mufti Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad also accused critics of Shariah caning as prejudiced against the Islamic criminal justice system, encouraging them to first gain full understanding from authoritative Islamic sources.

“We urge for parties who do not agree with the implementation of Shariah caning punishment to research and verify first with an authoritative Islamic body before releasing statements that are unfair and causing division,” he said.

“We regret that some who criticise are from the intelligentsia, but have failed to get the real picture on implementation of Shariah caning, and are being prejudiced against anything linked to the Islamic criminal justice system.” Read more

Suhakam urges Putrajaya intervention in Kelantan’s public caning plan

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 — The federal government has a duty to ensure that human rights are preserved in every state of the federation, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said when denouncing Kelantan’s move to make canings public.

Calling such punishments inhuman and degrading, the commission said that caning should not be practised regardless of whether it is prescribed in the civil or Islamic courts.

“Caning in any setting violates the absolute prohibition of torture under international law and is absolutely prohibited by the international human rights treaties that Malaysia has acceded to,” it said in a statement. Read more

Statement on public caning — G25

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Statement by G25

JULY 18 — PAS may say that the public caning under Syariah law is not a punishment to inflict pain but is imposed merely to serve as a gentle reminder to Muslims that they should not commit moral sins.  However, what should be remembered is that the Quran forbids the shaming and embarrassing of fellow Muslims. Nowhere in the Quran does it provide for the caning of sinners in public.

In addition, not all Muslims agree that in today’s world we should be obsessed with humiliating people who commit personal sins, in violation of the modern concept of justice that even the worst criminals deserve to be treated with respect. A murderer sentenced to death deserves to die in dignity and in privacy. Read more

As Aceh reconsiders, Kelantan ‘moves forward’ with public caning

Source: FMT News

Pic drawn from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: The news about the Kelantan government allowing public caning, has made it to the New York Times with a report about how even the provincial government of Aceh in Indonesia is now reconsidering their current policy of allowing public caning.

In a report yesterday, NYT quoted an Indonesian media interview with the province’s vice-governor Nova Iriansyah, who said that Indonesian president Joko Widodo had met with the newly-inaugurated Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf to discuss ways to improve the province’s international image.

This followed the negative publicity the region and Indonesia received when news of the public caning meted out to two young gay men for having sex with each other hit international headlines. Read more

Jamil Khir: Public caning means more than two observers in Islam

Source:The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 — Minister in charge of Islamic affairs Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom sought to put a lid on the controversy surrounding Kelantan’s move to allow public caning for Shariah offenders this week.

The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said the whipping penalty carried out in prison can actually be deemed to be public caning in Islam, which only requires more than two observers, national news agency Bernama reported today.

“In prison there are already more than two people including the doctor who is there to observe, the religious [enforcement] officer, the offender’s escort and others on duty,” he was quoted telling reporters in Guar Chempedak, Kedah after officiating the Jerai Umno Youth delegates meeting there. Read more

Kelantan passes shariah law to allow for public caning

Source: FMT News

July 12, 2017

PETALING JAYA: The Kelantan state assembly today passed a law that allows for criminals in the state to be caned in public, New Straits Times reported.
The amendment made to the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment allows courts the discretion to rule if the caning should be carried out in public or in prison, as has been the case previously.  Read more

Malaysian state approves public caning for Syariah offences

Source: Asian Correspondent

Kelantan has approved public caning which could see the implementation of the corporal punishment, similar to what is being carried out in this picture taken in Aceh, Indonesia. Source: Reuters

MALAYSIA’S northeastern state of Kelantan has made amendments to its religious Islamic laws to allow public caning against “criminals” who breach its strict Syariah code.

The New Straits Times quoted Kelantan Chief Minister Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah as saying the state legislative assembly had amended the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002 to include public caning as an option for the state’s Islamic courts.

“However, with the amendment, the sentencing can be carried out in public or prison depending on the court’s decision. This is in accordance with Islam, as in the sentencing must be done in public,” he said after closing a state assembly session on Wednesday. Read more