Sabah had conducted public caning too

YAN,  15 July 2017: 

Public caning approved by the Kelantan state assembly for syariah offences should not be condemned because it is not a new thing in this country – as it had once been implemented in Sabah. said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom.

In fact, he said the public should understand the punishment would only be imposed on Muslims who committed syariah offences.

“Do not make it an issue…public caning under syariah laws  has already been carried out outside the prison like in Tawau (Sabah). Many people do not understand that the sentence is based on syariah law and affects only Muslims.”

On Wednesday,  the Kelantan State Assembly passed the Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002 (Amendment 2017) Bill – which among others, allows public caning.

The bill also allows religious enforcement officers to handcuff suspects and video tapes can be used as evidence in court.

Jamil Khir said caning done within prisons are also considered public – because the term in Islam refers to more than two people.

“In prison, there are already more than two people, including the doctor who has come to observe, the religious officer (enforcer),  the accompanying officers as well as others, and this is definitely more than two people.”

– Bernama

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