A PAS lawmaker suggested that caning be introduced as a punishment to prevent out-of-wedlock pregnancies in the country.
Datuk Dr Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad (PAS-Pasir Puteh) said he did not see caning included for zina (illicit sex), adding this should be implemented to protect “innocent” babies born from unlawful unions.
“Does this mean that it is time for caning to be included under the proposed amendments to RUU355?” he asked.
He was referring to PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355.
Under the proposed amendments, state syariah courts will be empowered to impose a maximum punishment of up to 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine and 100 lashes of the rotan for offences, namely zina (unlawful sexual intercourse), qazaf (accusation against one’s chastity) and syurb (alcohol consumption).
Act 355 currently limits syariah court sentences to a maximum of three years jail, RM5,000 fine and six lashes.
In her response, Deputy Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said she was in no position to respond to Dr Nik Mazian’s suggestion.
Unmarried pregnant teens would not be discriminated against if they delivered their babies at government hospitals and clinics, she added.
She said the families would be given the option to raise the child or place it in a foster home.