Backlash over women's caning temporary, says Terengganu MB


KUALA TERENGGANU: Menteri Besar Dr Ahmad Shamsuri Mokhtar said he remained positive despite facing a backlash over the whipping of two women who pleaded guilty to attempting lesbian sex in the state.

He believed that the outcry was temporary and that the public would eventually understand that the punishment was meant to educate and deterrent to those involved in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activities.

“It’s a strong message to all Malaysians that unnatural sex is prohibited in Terengganu in particular, and Malaysia in general, as this is a Muslim-majority country.

“The backlash is just temporary... I believe that if the public can see the punishment objectively, and not emotionally, they will be able to accept it,” he told reporters after feting the TFC III President Cup and TFC IV Youth Cup teams here today.

The two women who pleaded guilty to attempting to have same-sex relations in a car were caned six times at the Terengganu Syariah High Court here yesterday.

The sentence, which was the first for such an offence in the country, was conducted in a courtroom and was witnessed by more than 100 people, including family members, lawyers and from the media. -- BERNAMA © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd