The rotan is aimed at making the accused repent and serves as a lesson to Muslims.
Pahang Sharia High Court judge Abdul Rahman Yunus
It appears the hotel night club was busted - which again brings into focus modern hotels in the Islamic world. It is a point of contention that Islamic law is often not enforced inside them - which some suggest is one of the reasons why they are being attacked by jihadists - besides being easy targets.
A religious court in Malaysia has sentenced a tearful Singaporean Muslim model to six strokes of the cane after she drank beer in a nightclub, reports said on Tuesday.
Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, 32, pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol at a hotel nightclub in the eastern state of Pahang last year, the New Straits Times newspaper reported.
"We feel the sentence is fair after going through the prosecution's argument and since the rotan (cane) is provided for in the law," Pahang Sharia High Court judge Abdul Rahman Yunus said, according to the paper.
"The rotan is aimed at making the accused repent and serves as a lesson to Muslims," he added, also fining Kartika 5,000 ringgit ($A1,731).
The model, who cried when the judgement was delivered, said she would appeal.
State religious officials could not be reached for comment on the case.
Malaysia, which has large Indian and Chinese minorities freely enjoying alcohol, has a two-track legal system. Civil courts operate alongside state-based sharia courts, which can try Muslims for religious offences.
An example of a caning session in moderate Indonesia.