Malaysia beer woman spared caning - till after Ramadan - Update
Islamic officials in Malaysia have unexpectedly freed Kartika Sari Dewa Shukarno, who was due to be caned six times this week for drinking beer.
She pleaded guilty to the offence under Islamic law committed in 2007 and has not appealed against her sentence.
She would have been the first woman in Malaysia to be punished in such a way.
The case has provoked controversy in a nation where Malays are subject to Islamic law, while the large Chinese and Indian minorities are not.
A van had taken her from her northern Malaysian home to put her in detention so that she could be caned sometime this week.
The sin of drinking alchol if its thought to be a sin should sit on the sinner shoulders and not the states. It should never be a criminal offence to abuse ones own body. Only a criminal offence if you abuse someone elses. The wisdom of Islam on this issue is flawed.
I am amused when I think back to the times I have drunk beer with Muslim friends in countries where the law is not applied. .
"The punishment has not been canceled, it was postponed because of Ramadan," Pahang state Executive Councillor for Religion, Missionary Work and Unity, Mohamad Sahfri Abdul Aziz, told Reuters.