Caning for LGBT offence: Pahang may follow Terengganu

PEKAN: Pahang may follow Terengganu by imposing the caning sentence on offenders connected to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.

Pahang Islamic Religious Department (JAIP) director Mohamad Noor Abdul Rani said the matter was being discussed as the execution of the sentence needs thorough study.

He said the sentence was valid and should be supported as it proved that the authorities were serious in implementing laws which could curb LGBT practices.

Saying that JAIP supported caning, Noor said a decision had not been made on the matter.

He was speaking to reporters after launching the Kembara Merdeka Hijrah 2018 roadshow at the JAIP office compounds here today.

Yesterday, the media reported that a lesbian couple, aged 22 and 32, were caned six times each in the Terengganu Shariah High Court after they were found guilty of trying to have same-sex relations in a car on April 8.