Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob (second from right) and officials witness a demonstration of a caning at the Malaysia Prison Museum in Banda Hilir, Malacca. (NST photo)
I believe caning those convicted of corruption appears to be within Malaysian laws, though I and the world frown on such medieval forms of punishment.
Malaysia inherits judicial caning from the British colonial masters in the 19th Century when the Brits also punished criminals by birching and flogging, and which practice our former colonial masters have long abandoned.
But naturally we Malaysians hang on to such medieval cruel punishments because we love to hurt people.
Judicial caning is limited to only a maximum of 24 strokes but Pak Haji Hadi Awang is proposing the whipping permitted for the syariah courts to mete out for Muslims violating Islamic prohibitions be increased to 100 strokes.
And please note that syariah courts are NOT permitted to trial and punish criminal offences (which remain within the jurisdiction of civil courts) so that the 100 lashes proposed by Pak Haji Hadi Awang will only be for non-criminal cases but violations of Islamic observations (eg, khalwat, adultery, imbibing alcohol, etc).
Perkasa should note that there are two types of cane for judicial caning, the thin and thick ones, where the latter are used only for violent crimes such as armed robbery, rape, drug trafficking.
Actually thin caning already exists for illegal immigration, bribery and CBT, so other than making it mandatory and to include life imprisonment, what Perkasa has called for is not new if we consider CBT and bribery as equivalent to corruption.
As for sentencing a corrupt official to life imprisonment, why not sentence him or her to be decapitated, stone to death or have both hands and legs chopped off, and if a male offender, his dick as well.
Don't we just like to hurt people?