Tereng­ganu mulls syariah de­ten­tion cen­tre

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

KUALA TERENG­GANU: The state govern­ment will con­sider a sug­ges­tion to build a ded­i­cated de­ten­tion cen­tre for syariah of­fend­ers but it will not rush into any de­ci­sion, said Men­tri Be­sar Dr Ah­mad Sam­suri Mokhtar.

“We are tak­ing a se­ri­ous look at it. We need to con­sider ev­ery as­pect, in­clud­ing whether such a thing could come un­der our ju­ris­dic­tion,” he said.

The sug­ges­tion to set up a syariah de­ten­tion cen­tre came from Syariah Judge Ka­mal­ru­azmi Is­mail on Oct 10 be­fore he sen­tenced a 45-year-old woman to four strokes of the cane af­ter she pleaded guilty to pros­ti­tu­tion.

He also or­dered her to un­dergo re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at the Baitul Eh­san women’s shel­ter in Sabak Ber­nam.

Ka­mal­ru­azmi said the de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity could help with spir­i­tual re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and would sep­a­rate syariah of­fend­ers from hard­core crim­i­nals at reg­u­lar de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

Dr Ah­mad Sam­suri also told re­porters af­ter open­ing the Na­tional Sports Day event yes­ter­day that Tereng­ganu’s new guide­lines for event or­gan­is­ers should not be an is­sue, “as any state or coun­try would im­pose its own guide­lines based on the sen­si­tiv­i­ties of the lo­cals”.

Last week, the state tourism depart­ment re­leased 11 guide­lines for event or­gan­is­ers of stage shows in the state.

Among them are rules on gen­der seg­re­ga­tion and no shows al­lowed from Thurs­day night un­til af­ter Fri­day prayers.

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