KUALA TERENGGANU: The recent Syariah caning carried out against a lesbian couple in Terengganu was milder than the ones carried out by disciplinary teachers, said Menteri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.
He said caning under Syariah law was only aimed at educating the public without causing injury to the offender, and its implementation should not cause confusion or be perceived negatively.
“I’m not sure if the parties who protested against the punishment have the knowledge on how the caning is carried out. They should get the right information, because in reality it is not as bad as it sounds.
“In fact, I personally spoke to several people who were present and witnessed the caning and they said it was lighter than the ones carried out at schools. Don’t compare Syariah caning to civil caning as the two are very different,” he said.
On Sept 3, two women were caned six times after being found guilty of attempting to have sex in a car at Dataran Arena Square, Dungun, 1.50pm on April 8.
Ahmad Samsuri said the caning in Terengganu was not the first as Pahang, Kelantan and Sabah had previously meted out similar punishments.
“The caning was carried out by the federal government agency, the Prisons Department ... there are certain procedures to follow and (it’s unfortunate) the five-minute punishment carried out that day sent fear among the people,” he said. – BERNAMA © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd