Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno caning for drinking beer has been postponed until the end of the holy Ramadhan month according to news reports. Pahang Religious Affairs, Dakwah, Unity and NGOs Exco chairman Datuk Mohd Sahfri Abdul Aziz said the state Religious Department (JAIP) had received a directive from the Attorney General’s office to defer the punishment until the fasting month was over, reported Bernama.
“However, the sentence will remain the same,” he said here Monday.
Kartika, 32, a mother of two, was arrested during a raid at the Legend Hotel lounge in Cherating at about 11.40pm on July 20, last year, for breaching Shariah law, which forbids Muslims from consuming alcohol.
On Aug 18, Syariah Court judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Yunus found Kartika guilty of the offence, and handed out the punishment, seen the first of its kind in the country
She pleaded guilty, paid the fine, and wanted her caning to be carried out in public.
The authorities had picked up Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, from her father’s house Monday morning and were taking her to a prison in the eastern state of Pahang when the van turned around and brought her back.
“They sent her back to the house. They said the top official asked them not to bring her to Kuala Lumpur,” said Kartika’s father, Shukarno Abdul Muttalib.
Kartika who was sentenced to six lashes of the rottan and fined RM5,000 for the offence was scheduled to be taken to the Kajang women’s prison today to undergo her caning punishment.
According to reports, JAIP officers had gone to Kartika’s house in Sungai Siput, Perak but left 30 minutes later after receiving the orders from their ‘higher’ authorities.
The case drew widespread attention and condemnation, in and outside Malaysia.