Wednesday, July 26, 2017
30 executed by Malaysia from 2017 until 10/7/2017
30 persons were executed in Malaysia from 2007 until 10 July 2017 - This information was provided by the government in response to a Parliamentary Question raised by Member of Parliament N. Surendran, and the answer is dated 25/7/2017.
30 persons executed - 27 Malaysians and 3 foreign nationals
25 were executed for murder, which carries the mandatory death penalty
3 for drug trafficking that also carries the mandatory death penalty, and also have those unjust legal presumptions, which shift the burden to the accussed to prove that it is not their drugs or that they were not drug traffickers.
2 were executed for firearm offences (We believe that it is pursuant to section 3 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971 provides for the mandatory death penalty if firearms are discharged with intent to cause death or hurt to any person, shall, notwithstanding that no hurt is caused for offences like extortion, robbery, kidnapping, house breaking or house trespass.)
The mandatory death penalty in the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971, is also inconsistent with the crime of ‘Committing terrorist acts’ (sec.130C Penal Code), where death is the mandatory penalty ONLY if death is a result of the crime.As the section 3 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971 need to be amended, and the mandatory death penalty should be removed, returning the discretion back to judges to determine the appropriate sentence in each case. If no death is the consequence of a criminal act, then reasonably a perpetrator should never be sentenced to death.
See earlier post, where again in an answer to a Parliament question, which was reported on 27/3/2017, it was disclosed that 16 persons have been executed (14 Malaysian and two foreigners) had been executed between 2014 and Feb 2017.1.100 sentenced to death, 16 executed (2014 - February 2017) [Star, 27 March, 2017)