In a move to garner support, the Party Islam SeMalaysia or PAS managed to get the Kelantan StateLegislative Assembly to pass an amended Syariah Bill which would provide for public caning.
The Bill was part of the preparations to implement the controversial Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (popularly known as RUU355) if it is passed in Parliament.
The amendments now allows for the streamlining of penalties such as whipping, fines and others.
Kelantan joins Aceh in Indonesia, where public caning is carried out. The video below is an demonstration of a public caning in Aceh.
But it is for the courts to decide if the caning is to take place inside prison or outside in a public space.
Yet, the Kelantan Mufti Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad said that caning in Islam was not meant to cause bodily injuries but were to serve as a lesson to discourage from repeated offences.
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