The Malaysian state of Kelantan, which is governed by the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), has amended its Islamic laws to allow caning in public. The Malaysian Chinese Association, an ethnic Chinese party in the ruling government coalition, said public canings are against federal constitution. Separately, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the amended enactment should not apply to non-Muslims. Offences that are punishable by caning include sodomy, illicit sex, false accusation of illicit sex, and alcohol consumption.