Death penalty not deterring drug trade
In fact, it was the reverse: there has been a steady increase over the last three years, according to a reply in Parliament.
In a written answer to Bukit Gelugor MP (DAP) Karpal Singh, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said that 3,845 people had been arrested for drug dealing in 2011.
To this, Hishammuddin said that the increase was caused by the trade’s ability to make a lot of money quickly; globalisation, creating a borderless world, which opened up a space for drug-dealing; and the “easier process” in which synthetic drugs were made, through the availability of chemical formulas and ingredients.
Previously, the Bar Council said that 32 countries around the world had death penalty for drug-related crime.
Of this number, 13 of them still enforced the mandatory death penalty, which included Malaysia.
The Bar Council’s president Lim Chee Wee said that most drug traffickers and dealers were “low-ranking drug mules”, who were the easiest (in the trade) to apprehend.
He added that there was no proof that the death penalty helped to cut down on drug-related crime. - Free Malaysia Today, 19/3/2012, Death penalty not deterring drug trade