Kartika is one very unlucky woman. She was caught drinking beer at a hotel lobby and was arrested for it. She was fined and will be canned.
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Religious authorities had intended to make Kartika a prime example of its Syariah law on consumption of alcohol but her arrest made frontpage all over the nation. This made a lot of people uncomfortable with her punishment.
In my personal opinion, caning is too harsh of a punishment to be inflicted to muslims who are caught drinking. If the Syariah law demands it, the enforcement of the law must be transparent and fair. I've seen MANY wealthy and influential muslims drink champaigne and wine in events and parties and never once were there any raids to these events. On the other hand, we have people like Kartika who was arrested for drinking a bottle of beer.
And don't get me started on clubs and discos in KL or Penang.
It seems that Kartika is a political ball of yarn being tossed around by the authorities. I just hope she gets rewarded by all the bad press done on her. I heard she's writing a book. After all, bad publicity is good publicity.