As we discussed earlier, Malaysia is on a way backward. Although Malaysia is not an overwhelmingly Muslim country, non-Muslims are forced to adhere to Islamic principles. As for the Muslims, some people are trying to impose Taliban-style shariah in the Malay land. These people, with some hidden support from certain government quarters, are waging a war against Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
In a recent episode of rising extremism, an Islamic court in Malaysia has ordered the caning of a Muslim woman, Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, who was found drinking beer. In a strange course of events, she accepted the “caning sentence” and is awaiting her punishment.
The furor created over this punishment and the international brouhaha has resulted in a delay in the punishment. Apparently, she will have to wait until the end of Ramadan. The current discussion is on the legalities of her detainment. Some quarters are in favor of that punishment while others are saying that a mere wait for punishment is more than enough for her.
Despite all these ‘deliberations’, one thing is clear; Malaysia, with all its modern policies, is losing its liberal approach towards governance. If things continue on the same path, we will soon be seeing a mass flogging of adulterers and wrongdoers.