Beer-drinking model faces caning
July 21, 2009, 2:21 pm
A religious court in Malaysia has sentenced a tearful Singaporean Muslim model to six strokes of the cane after she drank beer in a nightclub, reports say.
Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol at a hotel nightclub in the eastern state of Pahang last year, the New Straits Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.
"We feel the sentence is fair after going through the prosecution's argument and since the rotan (cane) is provided for in the law," Pahang Sharia High Court judge Abdul Rahman Yunus said, according to the paper.
"The rotan is aimed at making the accused repent and serves as a lesson to Muslims," he added, also fining Kartika 5,000 ringgit ($A1,731).
The model, who cried when the judgment was delivered, said she would appeal against it.
State religious officials could not be reached for comment on the case.
Malaysia, which has large Indian and Chinese minorities freely enjoying alcohol, has a two-track legal system. Civil courts operate alongside state-based sharia courts, which can try Muslims for religious offences.
The above story came out in the Oz media today. Think what you will, comment how you want about Western Media having no understanding of our sensitivities but this I want to say – it does not do any good to Malaysia’s image about being a developed and tolerant Nation. If she want's to drink - let her. She can explain herself to our maker when she leaves this earth.