KOTA BARU - The state government will gazette places for public caning, but the Syariah courts would ultimately decide whether to impose the punishment inside or outside prison walls, said Kelantan Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah (pic).
He added that public caning need not be held in open spaces like a stadium.
"It can be held indoors," he said after the state executive council meeting on Wednesday.
The Kelantan Legislative Assembly had on July 11 passed the Syariah Criminal Procedure Enactment 2002 (Amendment 2017) Bill to provide an option for the Syariah Court to impose caning outside prison walls, among others.
"It is up to the Syariah Court to decide where to mete out the punishment. The state will not interfere. We are merely providing an avenue to carry out the punishment openly, in accordance with religious teachings," he said.
He added that the public would be able to view the differences between the Islamic and secular way of caning.