Kuala Lumpur, Aug 25: Malayasian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on Tuesday, Aug 25 said that the ex-model, who was ordered to be caned in public for consuming alcohol can appeal against the punishment.
He added that Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno should not give in to the punishment and instead plea to the Pahang state Syariah (Islamic) court.
The court on Monday, Jul 20 had ordered Kartika (32), a mother of two to be given six strokes of cane in public for having beer at a Cheritang hotel lounge in 2008.
"Actually there are still avenues for her to appeal and the authority concerned is sensitive and considerate in this matter," he told reporters. He added that the authorities may consider if she pleads.
Malaysian law governing the majority Muslim population forbids trading in or drinking alcohol. While men have been caught and punished, Kartika, married to a Singaporean, would be the first woman to be caned in public.
The muslims under Malaysian law are forbidden to drink or trade alcohol. Kartika, wife of a Singaporean would be the first woman to undergo public caning.
However, the punishment date has been postponed as it was falling under the Holy Ramzan month.
Kartika's news is making rounds.
While the model's news is the most read on CNN and BBC websites, a Google search with her name shows over a million results.
Facebook too lists a community called 'HELP Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno'.