Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Woman Fined And To Be Whipped For Consuming Alcohol

This is, I am sure, the first case of its kind in Malaysia where a Muslim woman gets a syariah court conviction for consuming alcohol.

Thirty-two-year-old model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarnor wept after the Kuantan Syariah Court yesterday fined her RM5,000 and sentenced her to be whipped six times for the offence committed last year.
She had, earlier pleaded guilty to the charge committed at Cherating Bay Lounge, the Legend Hotel in Cherating, Pahang.

Kartika, from Sungai Siput, Perak, faces a three-year jail term if she fails to pay the fine.
She was charged under Section 136 of the Pahang Administration of the Islam Law and Malay Custom Enactment.

Kartika will be appealing the decision.

Here's another, er...interesting case (I heard this on the radio on my way to work):

A woman stabbed her husband for coming home late after watching the friendly match between Manchester United and the Malaysian team on Saturday night.

The woman, in her 20s, has been remanded for five days.

She had stabbed her 26-year-old husband in the chest. He is being treated at Kuala Lumpur Hospital and is said to be in stable condition.

According to police the woman was so angry with her husband for returning home late. He had promised to be home immediately after the football match on Saturday but, instead, got home in the wee hours next morning (2am, Sunday).

(It was a good game with our Malaysian national team beaten by MU satu gol sahaja. The score was 3-2. And for the record, in the friendly re-match at Bukit Jalil yesterday, MU got over their jetlag and our punishing humidity, storming swiftly with 2-0 win. Still, that's a great Malaysian team we have.)

55 comments:

Anonymous said...

Drinking alcohol is lethal. The woman was probably drinking a mixture of fruit juice, water, malt, yeast,fermented grains and others.

Alcohol probably contributed a small percentage to the concoction, but it was not added.

Tapai, is almost similar. Tapioca or Pulut is fermented with yeast and no alcohol is added, but it is not considered as consuming alcohol and enjoyed by millions of holier than thou Muslims, without paying a fine, going to jail or whipped.

Is this one of the unfounded wonders of the world?

A GOOD MAN DOES NOTHING.

mazuki said...

Dear Nuraina,
Hukuman pertama diMalaysia diatas kesalahan meminum alkohol dlm blog saudari adalah agak provokasi. Sebagai seorang yang mengamalkan dan mehayati amalan Islam hukuman yang dijatuhkan adalah bukan jalan penyelesaian akan tetapi untuk dijadikan iktibar dan dihayati kepada yang lain. Keburukan alkohol sudah terbukti. Ingatkah saudari tragedi tsunami diAceh yang digelar SERAMBI MEKAH? Mengapa bala diturunkan tanpa mengenal jahil dan ulama?

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

mazuki,

maaf, saudara.."provokasi"? maksud saudara?

tidak berapa jelas kenyataan saudara.

bibliobibuli said...

wonders why people aren't whipped for eating tapai which actually reeks of alchohol. (smells just like vodka!) i did actually challenge a friend who was worrying about whether spraying perfume on her skin was okay or not, and she told me that tapai didn't count!

anyway this sets a very dangerous precedent. whether you have a beer or not should be up to your personal conscience.

i really pity this poor girl

Amir Muhammad said...

Stay away from tapai! *hic*

Anonymous said...

Dear mazuki, that is the typical "holier than thou" attitude i found among most religious ppl. U r free to follow your religion's restriction, but do not force others into it.

Klambat said...

I do not think that Kartika is the first person to be convicted for consuming alcohol. She may however be the first person to be sentenced to whipping for the offence.

What is even more surprising is the only person brought to court for Sodomy is Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Not once but TWICE). As far as I know no one else has been prosecuted for that offence.

BDG said...

Mazuki,

Pandangan peribadi saya, ini ialah selective prosecution, benar, minum arak adalah haram tetapi pergilah mana-mana hotel, club, restaurant...ramai orang islam minum arak...

Kedai pertaruhan nombor, beratur orang islam yang berjudi...

Wajarkah model ini dihukum dan diaibkan sebegini...bagi saya tidak.

Marzuki, apakah perasaan saudara jika dihukum potong tangan kerana membeli CD cetak rompak dipasar malam (mencuri hak cipta) dan surat khabar melaporkan seorang islam di hukum kerana mencuri dan ini perlu sebagai pengajaran bagi semua....

Nuraina, Keep up the good work!

May said...

Thank you for highlighting this issue.

Guess the Holier than Thous are on the prowl.

Kepada Marzuki,
Kenapa Jabatan Agama gian sangat menjaga moral orang biasa? Tidak pernah berkunjung ke hotel-hotel kenamaan di negara kita? Di situ kamu boleh lihat pelbagai keranah personaliti yang minum arak. Orang-orang kenamaan tu. Muslim tu. Tidak pula gian sangat Jabatan Agama serbu dan tahan. Apasal tu? Pergi 'launch' bagi butik fashion kat KLCC...tentu ada Moet & Chandon. Anak-anak Pak Menteri kerja kat situ minum arak. Boleh? Yang gian sangat nak jaga moral tu kat mana? Tak berani? Sebab orang-orang Muslim ni 'well connected'. Untouchable?

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...

It certainly seems strange that all female students in schools are spared from corporal punishment as a matter of policy but some may not escape the whip as adults from only the religious courts.

Samuel Goh Kim Eng
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
Tue. 21st July 2009.

MNB said...

Salam Nuraina,

I read the news about MU hubby too. The match ended @ 8 pm but the hubby only returned home @ 2 am. Enjoying himself maybe? Poor guy got stubbed went he reached home. Alahai garang dan brutal betul the wife! Tapi takkan sampai buat cam tu to the hubby. Don't think the wife mad at MU but because the hubby did not kept his words. Unless she's a Liverpool's fan?? Teruk la dunia cam!

Btw, I believe canning is provided under the said Enactment, so the judge acted within his jurisdiction. Islam abhors drinking alcohol and it is for a good reason.

Anonymous said...

utk saman dan merotan itu biasa dlm hukuman perundangan islam. tapi lebih baik jika diberi nasihat dan di tunjuk kan cara islam yang sebenarnya. mengajar lebih baik dari menghukum.
aku tak rasa pompuan ni kaki arak tegar dan telah melakukan lebih dari tiga atau empat kesalahan. atau menghina org yang menangkapnya. Dia juga telah mengaku.
Banyak cara mmengajar dan menghukum orang.

Anonymous said...

This is what one have to endure for being a muslim.

Sad, huh??? I find it pathethic.

askar melayu said...

Mazuki
Untuk dijadikan iktibar? Wanna go to Zouk tonite?

Anonymous said...

in perak, burning candle is HARAM too
YB NIZAR will be charged ?????????

donplaypuks® said...

Provokasi? What a lot of bloody nonsense!

You can't have it both ways. You want this type of law, then get ready to be ridiculed internationally!

And if you want Talibanism, don't think you can get away with it by hiding it behind a veil of secrecy!

What a shame! This lady does not deserve to be whipped.

Geografi Fisikal said...

"Keburukan alkohol sudah terbukti. Ingatkah saudari tragedi tsunami diAceh yang digelar SERAMBI MEKAH? Mengapa bala diturunkan tanpa mengenal jahil dan ulama?"

This is new and important technology indeed.

When we terraform Mars and other planets, all we need to do is drink beer and party in unison, then the tectonic plates will shift accordingly.

Anonymous said...

Puan N,

Salam..

She is an adult who knows the "consequences." As Muslims we know that the Syariah compliant penalty here (Dunia) would free us from the penalty in the thereafter (Akhirat).

On another issue, You are the Managing Editor of NSTP as well as a responsible Blogger. What is your comment regarding your colleague Zainul Ariffin's write-up on Teoh's death?

Is not that provocative or repulsive!? He needs not use that "route" even if he really wants to be in someone's good book.

Hj Mohd

Anonymous said...

yeah.....whip them......alcoholics ! aduletrers !

Anonymous said...

What a big thing about gadis islam drinking alcohol. go to any dico joint and you will see all the girls drinking vodka and whisky with orange and cola. so what can you say about that....moral police.

Anonymous said...

Dear Saudara Mazuki,

You should encourage Mahkamah Syariah to Impose sula to those peoples commited ZINA and Khalwat.

Anonymous said...

This is is siko country.

Yong Chee Keong said...

As a non-Muslim, I see it is excessive. But will the MAIS, MAIP and other Islamic departments dare apply the law to ALL Muslims fairly. Then it is justice. When I say all, it is to Royalty, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, the top fellows in the Corporate Sector, Tan Srs, Datuk Seris, Datuks, etc. So also with khalwat cases.

Argus Lou said...

What I'd like to know if how many Muslim men have been convicted by the same court of the same 'crime' - and what kind of sentences they received.

Your old ex-short-course-mate from a long time ago,
LJY.

Mullah TTDI said...

Dear Mrs Nuraina

Personally, I found out that the punishment is not accordingly to Islamic Laws (what I read and discuss with my friends) and Federal Constitution. For Anonymous @ 11.58 am, eating Tapai ubi or Tapai pulut is not similar with drinking alcoholic drinks and this is based on fatwa ulama from Kelantan on Pattani. This can be discuss further in appropriate manner and forum.....

Anonymous said...

Wonder why no hukuman for those who take drugs-which obviously are more dangerous leading to social ills.

ARMIN BANIAZ PAHAMIN said...

Nuraina,
personally, i disagree with the punishment its akin of saying dont drink beer in public or you will be whipped/canned and fine... ?
muslim should fear committing sins because of religion and not the human law/punishment.

just my thought...

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

Anon Hj Mohd 3:01PM,

zainul arifin, as everyone else, is entitled to his own opinion.
it is not provocative or repulsive. it is his opinion. you may not like what he says. you may not agree. you don't have to agree. in fact, it's good that many people don't agree.

do i agree? that's not important, i don;t agree with many opinions and actions fo people, including political leaders. both sides of the divide... so..zainul has expressed his opinion. he takes responsibility for it.

he is not a racist nor is he trying to incite racial sentiments.

that's how he sees the whole thing. if you don't agree, that's ok.

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

argus,

hi there... i don't have any statistics on what you have asked.

by the way,....you were my course-mate...

really????

do keep in touch.

Lee said...

This is ridiculous! Whipping a woman for consuming alcohol, what can be more ridiculous?If consuming alcohol defiles the body, smoking also defiles the body.How come the smokers are not whipped?Actually the smokers cause more harm than the alcohol consumers to themselves and to the general public!

Anonymous said...

Under penal code
1)Women
2)Children
3)Elderly person above 60 I guess

are not allowed to be caned!

But what law is this?

Srikanth Siva said...

I saw some well known Malay VVIPs drinking at Royale Chulan recently. BIG names I tell u. So big that the if JAIS goes after them, JAIS will no longer exist.

Anonymous said...

If I may add, how is alcohol defined?

Is a bottle of beer called alcohol? If that same bottle of beer is opened and left untouched over night, and all the alcohol has evaporated, will it still be termed as alcohol?

Will a Muslim still be whipped for consuming that 'flat beer'?

Alcohol in its true form is not fit for human consumption. A bottle of beer can be consumed by any normal person and cause no effects whatsoever. But try drinking a bottle of methylated spirit.

Therefore, how do we draw a line between sane and insanity when it comes to the subject of a social drink?

A GOOD MAN DOES NOTHING.

Anonymous said...

If that's the case, Zaid Ibrahim will be whipped everyday la.... But lucky, he does it in his house not in public!!

WHatever it is, I disagree with the cane punishment on this lady.. And it is my sincere opinion as human being despite of my dislikes to see a drinking muslim.

Pity.

aku punya pendirian said...

Salam

Meminum arak itu merupakan salah satu dosa besar.

Apakah tujuan sebenar yang anda ingin sampai kan disini. Provokasi atau bagi peluang non-muslim yang know nothing tentang hikmah disebalik pengharaman arak menghentam agama sendiri.

Mike said...

Nuraina, its me from Tell. Congratulations on your new position.

That poor lady is from my hometown. She thought drinking was ok since everyone in Perak knows their Caliph and his son/deputy drinks.

Nuraina, in your reply to Anon Hj Mohd, you articulate (belit2 lah) very well lah. Soon you will take over Zainul's place since he cannot articulate as well as you.

If I am the PM, I'll sack him and put you there, sure. I read that article. It is a very racist, provocative and unbecoming of a GMD. It put NST to shame.

The other reason I will put you in his place is because you belit2 and defend your boss.

Jangan marah..

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

mike,

zainul cannot express what he thinks of the way the DAP leaders are going about with Teoh's death?

Kalau dia provocative, then he is as provocative as some of the politicians crying murder.

you know what is the problem here...the DAP is intolerant of views, any views that run against theirs. and everyone else is a racist except them.

if zainul thinks the DAP is this and that...so what? that's his view.
why is it unbecoming of him....

so he must be sacked? oh come on...someone said he must be arrested! kalau gitu, yang patut kena arrested are those others who are fanning racial sentiments...like really fanning racial sentiments!

and stop being mischievous, Mike! about me taking over zainul's position.

sorry, mike, i tak ingat yang mana satu you. Mike bukan your real name, kan?

Nanti I pergi Tell, you datang jumpa I.

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

mike,

and why should the PM sack him just because some people don't agree with him?

jangan jadi bodoh, Mike...
compared to some politicians i know --- zainul is nothing like the racist and opportunist that they are.

Anonymous said...

Whatever it is, they should be consistent. This is clearly double standard. And why set the precedent with a foreigner and sour our diplomatic relations further???

Anonymous said...

Dear Nuraina,

I too read the news - I was a bit disturb but only a little. I am not sure why I was disturb but maybe because there are so many more out there doing it and yet this lady gets sentenced to the whip. I thought the fine was OK -but the whip ....I visited Pudu jail in 1999 and was given a tour of the place and there I also found out how whipping takes place. It makes you dizzy just thinking of the procedure.

I am a Muslim and my knowledge on Islam is only good for myself - meaning I cannot put forth fatwa and engage in debate. We cannot halalkan yang haram and vice versa, but I think if the Government is going to exercise such punishment they must be a bit more transparent.

I hope they review the charge and remove the whipping.

Take care.

Atat

Anonymous said...

Puan N,

Salam..

I accept your answer though I am "not convinced." And I am grateful since you are okay if people disagree. It is a politically correct response for each of us.

On a personal note, I grew up with NST, had been a regular paying reader since my primary school until 1998. My late father a civil servant was an NST subscriber since 1960's till he returned to his MAKER in 2000. Now I read NST only if it is available in the office.

Hopefully, You can bring CHANGE to NSTP. If someone likes En. Mike writes a rebuttal to Zainul's piece, Can you put that up in your NST.

That is the least you can do for a free press..

And please leave/avoid words like Bodoh...It is not politically correct...

And even Zainul would agree that to a Melayu... Bodoh is a bit harsh!..Kurang bijak is better.

Puan,

You are too nice for that gutter talk.

Have a nice day.

Salam n Maaf

Hj Mohd

wishediwaswrong said...

The idea of caning in public is to shame the offender and to deter others from comitting the same crime.

In this day and age when information, data and images, can be brought to most homes worldwide instantaneously, the impact is multiplied a thousand-fold.

The need for caning, therefore, needs to be revisited.

Old Fart said...

Nurina

You should know better than to try to cover for your colleague by suggestion that everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

We as commenter and bloggers often get told over and over again that we should and that we cannot write everything that might come to mind. There is the thing called responsibility and there is the thing called libel! These two restraints are the ones that guide me along in my writing and stop me from saying a lot of stuff especially when I am angry. Of course there are other personal attributes, for which I got to thank my upbringing maybe, that keeps me from being impolite or being a nuisance.

But what Zainul Ariffin wrote was incitement and mischievous. Not befitting for publication and certainly very embarrassing for the chief Editor of the NSTP. group.

But for you to defend his right to PUBLISH his opinions I would tell you that you are wrong. This write up was not defendable and you, a seasoned newspaper person should have known better!

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

old fart,

thank you for your response.

zainul, as everyone else is entitled to his opinion. yes, his views maybe provocative, no where near those uttered by some politicians.
i defend his right to express his opinion. altho he doesn't need me to defend him at all.

i know what incitement is, old fart.

thanks again. i appreciate your response.

Srikanth Siva said...

Nuraina,

It is some of DAP's men that have gone to jail protecting the interests of innocent Malaysians.

Or have you forgotten that?

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NURAINA A SAMAD said...

srikanth,

i have forgotten nothing.

that's the point.

let's not go into that.

mazuki said...

Salam Nuraina,
Maksud saya memberi ruang untuk perbincangan yang menjurus kepada logik akal bukan hukum allah. Teliti komen yang disiarkan, saudari lebih arif menilaikan. Zaman saya dikenali dengan islam dahulu, ditanya akan soalan yang berbunyi bagaimana rupa allah? Tauhid mengajar dengan jawapan - Apa rasanya gula? Manis! Bolih ditunjukan rupa manis? Tetapi sekarang akan tercatit dengan 'scientific terms'. Tidak akan menjadi persoalan lagi tentang bersekedudukan dan amalan seks diluar nikah. Dengan kecanggihan perubatan tidak akan terbentuk janin. Itulah alasan yang diterimai olih semua mahluk.

donplaypuks® said...

Hi Nuraina

I have no problems with anyone defending their friends and/or colleagues whom they know better.

But the general public can only judge people from what is apparent in their writings.

I am all for free speech. But how does one interpret Zaibur Arifin's words asking the Selangor MB as to why he is questioning his own people, the Malays.

I mean, when was it right in our country for people to refrain from legitimate criticism based on mere racial considerations.

It is a fact that 80%-90% of the members of MACC and PDRM (and their oversight Boards)are Malays. Thus the chances are that if anyone casts a stone it will hit a Malay. It is so too for the Civil Servants and most Government Bodies and Institutions, including the Judiciary.

Does that mean no one should question them for negligence or suspicious behaviour - the Chinese and Indians because that would be considered racist, and the Malays themselves because that would be traitorous to their own people?

Surely that is nonsensical?

And I don't buy Nazri's stupid statement that these are Malay Institutions. It is up to the Govt of the day to ensure that the staff mix in all Govt controlled Institutions and bodies is equitable and representative of merit.

If it is not so, it's about time someone took up the cudgel to rectify the matter. And that's where the Opposition is winning hands down which has UMNO/BN politicians and controlled MSM editors play up the race card as a last line of defence!

dpp

We are all of one Race, the Human Race.

That is all that really matters!

ATAS PAGAR said...

Nuraina... U minum arak tak??

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

ataspagar,

apasal u tanya?

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

donplaypuks...

that's the whole point....anyone can question anything...

it does not matter how it sounds.

and yes yes...we are the human race!

thank you for your comment.

Anonymous said...

Kanang Anak Langkau tidak takut dengan kominis. Kominis dilawan dan akhirnya dapat pingat.

Saya cadangkan supaya orang yang minum arak di tempat terbuka dan mengaku Islam jangan disebat.

Sebaliknya, mereka ini diberi pingat keberanian. Ternyata mereka ini amat berani menidakkan apa yang telah diharamkan dengan jelas.

-Kita Semua Boleh!

Anonymous said...

Should alcoholic drinks be sold in petrol kiosk, 7-11, provision shop or restaurants? What about hospitals? If hospitals have no such sales I do agreed that the above mentioned locations should be banned as well. The reason being "Act Like Romans when you are in Rome" or should I say "This Land is righfully ours as such we have the rights to our land". Sale of alcohol can only be applied at hotels, entertainment outlets such as genting highlands or pubs and discos since we encourage tourist to our land. It will not be an issue for all religion to consume alcohol in hotels since this is privately owned and as such the Syariah raids are invalid. Hotels is a destination for all race and religion. Pubs and discos or casinos is an entertainment outlet that encourages immoral values and as such the Syariah raids are considered valid... Poor girl to be whip since the laws are so badly implemented!!!

Anonymous said...

Stop the Taliban Law. Pls show you care at an online petition...
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/7/stop-inhumane-caning-for-drinking-beer