Model spurns PM’s plea to appeal against caning

Kuala Lumpur; 26/8/09

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has urged a Muslim model who faces being caned for drinking beer to appeal against the sentence and not be so willing to accept her fate. Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, won a reprieve when religious officials who took her into custody ahead of the caning abruptly released her on Monday and delayed the punishment until after the fasting month of Ramadan. She was sentenced by a religious court last month to six strokes. If the punishment is carried out, she would be the first woman to face caning under Islamic law in Malaysia, a moderate Muslim-majority country.