04/09/2018 11:10 PM

KUALA TERENGGANU, Sept 4 (Bernama) -- The Terengganu government remains positive even when facing backlash over the whipping of two women who pleaded guilty to attempting lesbian sex in the state.

Menteri Besar Dr Ahmad Shamsuri Mokhtar said he believed that the backlash was just temporary and that the public would eventually understand that the punishment was meant to be a lesson and deterrent to those involved in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activities.

“It’s a strong message to all Malaysians to remember that unnatural sex must not be practised in Terengganu in particular, and Malaysia in general, as this is a Muslim majority country.

“The backlash is just temporary...I believe that if the public can see the punishment objectively, and not emotionally, they will be able to accept it,” he told reporters after feting the TFC III President Cup and TFC IV Youth Cup teams here today.

The two women who pleaded guilty to attempting to have same-sex relations in a car were caned six times at the Terengganu Syariah High Court here yesterday.

The sentence, which was the first for such an offence in the country, was conducted in a courtroom and was witnessed by more than 100 people, including family members, lawyers and from the media.



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