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

Domestic abuse: Public caning not the answer

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: Lawyer-activist Nik Elin Nik Rashid has rejected public caning as a form of punishment for abusive husbands, calling it a form of torture.

Speaking to FMT, she said it was more important to educate society and men to be civilised and to respect their wives.

“Teach men that violence shows a lack of power and self-control. Especially towards their wives.

“Whipping them publicly is not the answer,” she said. 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

Report: Pahang mufti mulls public caning too if Kelantan succeeds

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 ― Pahang could also implement public caning for Shariah offences if it is shown to be effective in Kelantan.

Pahang mufti Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Osman said the state will observe how Kelantan enforces public caning on Shariah offenders first, news portal Malaysiakinireported today.

“We will discuss it first. Perhaps, in future, after observing the developments in Kelantan on whether it is effective or not, then perhaps it can be (implemented in Pahang).

“If it has a big impact and can stop Muslims from gambling and make them become better people,” he was quoted as saying. 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