Public execution for homosexuals in Iran
Amputation for thieves in Nigeria.
Stoning to death for adultery in Somalia.
Public caning for illicit sex acts in Acheh.
I know, gruesome.
In my personal opinion, I would rather see my country practice only one brand of law. You can call me ignorant or wrong or whatever but I am in favour of being judged by only one law system. Civil law can absorb some elements of Sharia law that is still relevant in this day and age.
Some sharia punishments should be rethinked and abandoned to make our single law system relevant for all, muslims and non-muslims. Idealistic, maybe. Possible, yes.
People who are in favour of having the Sharia law fully implemented should think again. The fall of the Ottoman 'Empire' was caused by the decision of its religious leaders; they decided to practice an outdated approach of Islam that was relevant in the past. The results of their poor decision resonated to this very day.
I hope caning is the only punishment implemented by the Sharia law in Malaysia. If religious authorities decides to make ways for more sharia punishments, Malaysia will no longer be associated with words like 'moderate', 'modern' and 'progressive'.