In my Feb 19 posting 'Caning: Non-Muslims should not interfere', I made it clear that the syariah law is only meant for Muslims and not others. However, some people of the non-Muslims still want to make an issue out of it.
I dont know what's the motive behind Star's managing editor P Gunasegaram's article, 'Persuasion, not Compulsion' on the same day, which I personally feel a bit overboard. As an individual, he got every rights to opine but as a journalist whose writings reach millions of readers worldwide, I guess it's very provocative (read h e r e).
With three women already having been caned for illicit sex, the way has been paved for more caning of women in the future. That will not endear Malaysia to Malaysians, let alone foreigners who are inevitably going to equate us with the Taliban. And who can blame them?... This is clear indication that there are laws in our statute books – both syariah as well as civil – which are outdated and need to be revised in keeping with the times and the recognition that individuals have personal rights.
Nope! I am not the right person to condemn him as, from the manner he wrote, he has no knowledge whatsoever about Islam and the syariah law.
I will just leave it to the Star editorial board to look into this matter. From what I know, Muslims who read his article are not feeling easy.