KUANTAN: Part-time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno will undergo her caning sentence after her audience with the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
State Religious Department (Jaip) director Datuk Abdul Manan Abdul Rahman said Kartika would have an audience with Tengku Abdullah, who is Pahang Religious and Malay Customs Council president, as requested by Kartika, but said the date of the meeting had yet to be fixed.
He was speaking to reporters after witnessing the akad nikah (solemnisation of marriage) ceremony bet-ween Sheikh Adam Idham Fadhil and Ling Suraiyah Foo Abdullah here yesterday.
Kartika, 33, told the media recently that she would like to meet Tengku Abdullah or his father, Pahang’s Sultan Ahmad Shah Sultan Abu Bakar, before her caning.
On Feb 4, Sultan Ahmad Shah said he welcomed Kartika’s wish for a royal audience, adding that she also could see Tengku Abdullah on the matter.
On July 20, last year, Kartika was fined RM5,000 and ordered to be caned six times by the Kuantan Syariah High Court after she pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in public.
She paid the fine but refused to appeal against the caning sentence, the implementation of which has been postponed several times.
Her case has drawn international attention and some local leaders have advised her to appeal against the sentence but Kartika refused to do so.
On an unrelated matter, Abdul Manan said Jaip would continue with its operations against immoral activities in the state to help overcome the eventual problem of abandoned babies .
“However, our approach and focus is more on educating those arrested rather then punishing them.
“It is more practical to make them repent rather then prosecute them.”