Malaysian woman awaiting ‘caning’

24 08 2009

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.




3 responses

24 08 2009

Modern? Liberal? From whose point of view? You?

Kartika: I salute nd admire you. Don’t let other people tell you what to do or what not to do. The government certainly didn’t expect this: a cute rural girl who doesn’t want to appeal and what to get what she feels she deserves.

Kartika is even telling the Amnesty to stop appealing for her.

(Reminds me of a few friends who begged like crazy to get away from being fined for speeding.)

Long live, Kartika and the Shukarno family.


25 08 2009

I respect your opinion but tell me one thing. Next time, they can arrest you or any of your friends or acquaintances for another petty ‘crime’. So would you accept a public lashing then? Islamic extremism will continue to grow in Malaysia if people like you keep on supporting these things.

27 08 2009
James Gundun

This is a difficult case to judge. At the least Amnesty is using Kartika to score political points. As for Kartika herself, she seems to accept her sentence. Yesterday Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak told her to appeal the case and that she’s likely to receive a sympathetic hearing from Islamic authorities. Whether Razak is caving under political pressure or sincere, Kartika once again rejected an appeal. I’m waiting to find out why, but your fear is understandable given the extremist activity in Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The choice between progressive and traditional Islamic government will be a defining feature of 21st century politics.

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