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'Even non-Muslims would choose civil caning'
Published on: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Selangor: PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has defended the decision to publicly cane two women for same-sex relations, maintaining it was not torture but was meant to educate.

Dismissing the backlash from rights groups, politicians and the public alike, the Marang MP said many of the statements issued regarding the caning were made prematurely and without prior research.

He went as far as saying that non-Muslims would even choose Islamic caning if proper comparisons were made, and given if they were given the choice.

"I am confident if a fair comparison was made between the Syariah and civil caning, even the non-Muslims would choose the Islamic caning, that is to educate and not to torture the wrongdoers. First of all, they (critics) should study the differences in both the caning. I see a lot of their statements made spontaneously," he told theSun.

Abdul Hadi said this in a short statement and an accompanying one-minute video posted on his Facebook page Sunday night. Two women, who were charged with same-sex relations, were caned in front of 100 witnesses on Sept 3 in Terengganu by the state Syariah High Court, leading to a public outcry.

The act even prompted Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to issue a statement expressing his Cabinet's disagreement with the punishment, saying it had tarnished the good name of Islam by portraying it as a ruthless religion.

The caning of the couple, aged 32 and 22, was the first time women received such a form of sentencing under Syariah law in Terengganu.


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