February 27, 2024


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Syariah System Acheh MMLA Study Tour 24-26 June 2010 ~ Kartika Sari Dewi Syukarno case follow up.

PPMM Lawyers Acheh Study Tour

Way back in 2010, I was invited by Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar to join his Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association [MMLA] team on a study tour of Nanggroe Acheh Darussalam’s Syariah Laws implementation on a 3 days 2 nights trip. 

We left Malaysia on the 24th of June, 2010 via the LCCT KLIA terminal on Air Asia flight AK 9642 to Banda Acheh.

Accompanying us were Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno’s family consisting of her father, mother and brother. 

Kartika was in the news after being caught drinking Tiger Beer at Cherating Bay Lounge, along the Cherating Beach resort area, in Kuantan, Pahang at 11.40 am on the 11th of July, 2008 during a raid by the Enforcement team of the State of Pahang’s Islamic Religious Authority. She was found guilty and sentenced to be lashed with 6 strokes by cane and pay a fine of RM5000 by the Kuantan Syariah High Court.

Kartika pleaded guilty and demanded that the caning sentence upon her be carried out immediately as she wanted it done and settled a.s.a.p. because she wanted to resume living her life with her husband and family.

Despite calls by Dato Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil the Women, Family and Society Development Minister for Kartika to make an appeal against such a sentence, Kartika was adamant in wanting her caning sentence to be carried out immediately.

Yet her wishes were dashed when the Sultan of Pahang decreed that her caning sentence was to be replaced with doing community service for a month instead.

Both Kartika and her dad were livid with the Sultan’s decree and they decided to carry out the caning themselves. Hence, Kartika’s family decided to join us on the Banda Acheh Syariah System study tour.

To be continued..

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