I met with a leading activist a few days ago and when we chatted about what was happening in and around Malaysia, she mentioned the case of Kartika. Kartika is one of the many Malaysians who are afflicted with stress and pressure much like the normal Ah Lian, Aminah and Devi on the streets. And the escape that she chose, like most of us, was a couple of beers down at the lounge. By the way, if you are one of those Malaysians afflicted with troubles and you think you have nowhere to go to, think again. For matters relating to religious persecution, there are associations to help you, in Kartika's case, there is SIS (whom PAS wants to ban!)
It mattered not to those who arrested her, and it certainly mattered not that she is a parent of two kids, who themselves have a battle to fight (one with a hole in the heart, and the other Autism). The judge chose to pass a sentence 'befitting' a beer drinker with lashes of rottan, whilst previously letting people off with stern warning and fines. Who are those who were let off? I don't have names, but I bet those who were should thank their lucky stars, but really?
Do we thank our lucky stars when we are allowed to drink beer? I shan't go into this argument for fear of being thought of as insulting another religion. Selangor-ites have other things to worry about in the very near future, as after the banning of beer sales, they are now going full force to stop muslims from consuming alcohol.
I clearly remember the proposed banning of 'neighbourhood' pubs by the previous state government, which naturally lead to an outcry that could not be ignored. It seems, this new change brought about by PR is supported by those who want to see change!.....Ahhh. Anyways, I am going to head down to a pub near my ole place, that a friend has just opened.
If you want to know where is Reggie Lee's new hangout, do drop me a line!
And this was reported in the Star today....
By CHAN LI LEEN- The Star
KUALA KANGSAR: Shukarno Abdul Mutalib is relieved to see that his daughter Kartika Sari Dewi’s behaviour has changed for the better ever since the whipping sentence imposed on her was highlighted by the local and international media.
In the past, Kartika would weep constantly and insist that she be whipped for her wrongdoings but now she appeared to be calmer, he said.
“At least now, she has agreed to meet with officials from Jakim (the Islamic Religious Development Department of Malaysia),” Shukarno told reporters after Jakim assistant director (akidah) Halim Ahmad and two female religious teachers paid his family a visit at his resort-cum-home in Kampung Jawang near here yesterday.
The 32-year-old part time model was believed to have gone to Ipoh in the morning to get medical treatment for one of her daughters.
“We discussed how to get Kartika through this traumatic experience but nothing was said about making an appeal,” Shukarno said when asked about the meeting between him and the Jakim officials.
Halim said he had advised the family to remain strong, adding that they should heed any advice given by the Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria.
Pahang religious officers had produced an arrest warrant on Monday to take Kartika to the Kajang Prison to undergo her punishment. However, the van carrying Kartika made a U-turn after a short distance and took her home.
They told Shukarno that the punishment could not be carried out due to orders from the higher authorities.
“There are calls for us to appeal but we do not know how to go about it. That is one of the reasons why we have consulted people who are experts in Islam, like the Perak Mufti,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has expressed discontent over the manner in which case was handled.
He added that while he did not want to comment on the decision of the court, he was disappointed at the authorities’ indecisiveness in carrying out their duties.
“One moment, they want to carry out the caning sentence and the next moment, she is sent home.“All this will destabilise the court,” Nik Abdul Aziz told reporters after chairing the exco meeting in Kota Baru yesterday