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Malaysia: 3 women caned for having illicit sex

Three unmarried women, aged 17-25, were caned last month in Malaysia after a Shariah court in Kuala Lumpur found them guilty of having “sex out of wedlock.” They were the first Muslim women to be caned for committing Shariah violations.

Thirteen people witnessed the caning when authorities at Kajang Prison used a rattan stick to hit the women on their backs. Two of the three women were whipped six times and the third was given four strokes.

After the caning, the three women said they understood the punishment and vowed to repent. The two of them will soon marry their boyfriends.

Rantings by MM sarcastically suggest the opening of ‘caning spas’

They made it sound like they went to a spa. And how, pray tell, would they know what a civil whipping is like? Do they get a free course in Comparative Whipping while in prison?

But they have been punished and voila, they are now exemplary Muslims.

If it was so easy to make us into good Muslims, the government should just open lots of ‘caning spas’ where people can go for a period of time after paying RM1000 or so and come out with halos on top of their heads. Rather like those places you go for detoxing.

Raymond Yeow doubts the claim that no marks were left on the bodies of the women after the caning

The caning of these three women followed by the immediate justification from politicians seems suspicious. No marks after whipping? All jolly & holy after being whipped? This story just has too much loose ends.

jelas.info asks if politicians having illicit sex will be caned too

…can we expect every single Muslim who has sex outside marriage (or, and I suppose this is the kicker, is caught doing so) to be caned henceforth?

If this is the case, can we assume that every single politician or other leader in this country has never had sex outside marriage (or I suppose, been caught doing so), seeing as none of them have apparently been caned for the offense?

Billy wants Shariah law to be applied too against thieves and murderers

This whole caning thing is nothing but a whole load of crap. If UMNO (ruling coalition) is serious about implementing Syariah law, why just stop at caning. They might as well apply every thing in toto eg. chopping off limbs for corruption or stealing, and beheading in public for murder. How can they pick and choose what to implement.

Lim Kit Siang describes the caning incident as another international embarrassment for Malaysia

The recent caning of three Muslim women for allegedly participating in illicit sex is the latest in a series of events flooding Malaysia in adverse worldwide spotlight inimical to our international image and competitiveness in the ten months Datuk Seri Najib Razak has taken over as Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Malaysia cannot continue to be in adverse international spotlight if we are to restore our international competitiveness by regaining national and international confidence in good governance; the rule of law; a democratic, progressive and model multi-racial, multi-cultural and multi-religious modern nation to be ideal destination for FDIs, haven for tourists and hub for international students.

The Malaysian is disappointed that caning was done in a secular country like Malaysia:

Congratulations Umno, congratulations Malaysia, for you have finally achieved the recognition which you have yearned all this while from your Islamic brothers and in the process created a record of sorts — dishing out syariah prescribed caning of women in a constitutionally secular country.

Mahaguru58 urges non-Muslims to understand Islamic Laws first before commenting on the issue

I see no reason why those who aren't Muslims ought to get into a flap and start making all kinds of statements interfering in the affairs of those who are just being punished according to the provisions of the laws binding to their faith?

Non Muslims ought to first study about the truth of the matter with regard to the Syariah laws of Al Islam before even opening their mouth to speak about something for which they have no basic right to comment in the first place.

The subject of carrying out the Syariah caning is in accordance to what Almighty Allah has prescribed to the offenders against the major sin of committing adultery, sodomy, etc?

I believe that the time has come for those of us Muslim Bloggers to double our efforts and help clear the confusion amongst our obviously very attentive and concerned fellow Malaysians about what is the truth with regard to the stipulations of the Islamic Syariah Code and why we need to practice what we preach or risk ending up like the proverbial cockatoos out there who only know how to parrot certain slogans and battle cries but lack the willpower to really put the faith to work as we should!

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