Earlier today, 15 July, online web portal Malaysiakini reported that the BN-led Pahang is mulling public whipping if the same is proven to be successful in Kelantan
Pahang mufti Abdul Rahman Osman was quoted by Malaysiakini saying that his state "will consider the implementation of public caning" if it works in Kelantan.
"We will discuss it first. Perhaps, in future, after observing the developments in Kelantan on whether it is effective or not, then perhaps it can be (implemented in Pahang)," Malaysiakini reported the Pahang mufti as saying in response to the Kelantan state assembly passing the Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002 (Amendment 2017) Bill on Wednesday.
The Pahang mufti added that the possibility of Pahang following Kelantan's example depends on if it (the public caning) has "a big impact and can stop Muslims from gambling and make them become better people"
Kelantan, which is a PAS-led state, approved public caning following an amendment to the Kelantan Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002, becoming the first in the country to introduce public caning to Syariah offenders
Meanwhile, Datuk Nassuruddin Daud, the chairman of the State Islamic Development, Dakwah and Information Committee, which had proposed the amendment, has said that imposing caning outside the prison is timely to show the world how it should be done under Syariah laws
According to a report in The Star Online, today, 15 July, the State Islamic Development Committee chairman has said that "the punishment meted out under Syariah laws is aimed at teaching and not an act of torture."
"Unlike whipping in Western-influenced secular laws that can cause bleeding, caning in Islam is not meant to torture the convict but to teach the offender a lesson so as not to repeat the offence," Nassuruddin was quoted as saying by The Star Online.