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Malaysian Laws Will Allow Caning For Gay Sex

The Advocate, April 13, 2000

Religious authorities in a number of Malaysian states have said that they will start caning Muslims found guilty of a number of offenses, including premarital and gay sex, the Deutsche Press Agency reports. Currently Muslims found guilty of these offenses are usually fined. Leaders in the southern state of Johore first introduced the harsher penalties. Since then, religious leaders in the states of Selangor and Kedah and in the territory of Kuala Lumpur have said they are ready to follow suit. Malaysia has separate laws and courts for Islamic matters that deal mainly with family, divorce, and sex. The secular court system already imposes caning and jail time for those found guilty of sodomy and pimping.

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