PAS slams PH's stand on lesbian caning

Baharom Bakar

KUALA TERENGGANU: PAS has slammed Pakatan Harapan (PH) for the latter’s stand on the caning of two lesbians as giving Islam a bad image.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan said caning sentence, whether it’s done in public or in court, is not something that should be polemicised because it has been done before in several states involving juvenile cases.

“PAS is asking all parties, especially the government and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to respect the sentence, as well as not to confuse the public by raising untrue facts,” he said in statement made available to NSTP today.

Takiyuddin also said that PH’s action to dispute the sentence is actually giving a bad image to the fair and democratic Islamic legislation in this country.

“Caning is allowed in Islamic law. The Terengganu Syariah High Court had clearly followed that law in the lesbian case which carries six strokes of rotan as stipulated under Section 2, Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), which amendments were passed in 1984, and Act 355 applies to all Syariah Courts nationwide, " he said.

Takiyuddin, who’s also the Kota Bharu MP, said law enforcement, among others, plays an important role in setting and preserving moral values to be followed and appreciated by members of the community.

“All parties must also agree that although Syariah law and its enforcement lie under the jurisdiction of the state government, it does not make its interest and credibility lower than the law and enforcement under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government,” he said. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd