Terengganu MB: Backlash over caning for lesbian sex only temporary

Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Shamsuri Mokhtar. (Bernama pic)

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu government has remained positive in the face of backlash over the recent whipping of two women who pleaded guilty to attempting lesbian sex in the state.

Menteri Besar Ahmad Shamsuri Mokhtar said he believed the backlash was only temporary and that the public would eventually understand that the punishment was meant as a lesson and deterrent to those involved in LGBT activities.

“It’s a strong message to all Malaysians to remember that unnatural sex must not be practised in Terengganu in particular, and Malaysia in general, as this is a Muslim majority country.

“The backlash is just temporary… I believe that if the public can see the punishment objectively and not emotionally, they will be able to accept it,” he told reporters here today.

The two women who pleaded guilty to attempting to have same-sex relations in a car were caned six times at the Terengganu Shariah High Court on Monday.

The sentence, which was the first for such an offence in the country, was carried out in a courtroom and witnessed by more than 100 people including family members, lawyers and members of the media.