Tuesday, July 18, 2017
4 known executions in 2017? Stop executions and abolish the death penalty — Malaysian Bar
Yong Kar Mun had been convicted under Section 3 of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971 for discharging a firearm when committing a robbery, and the mandatory death penalty was meted out.
The Malaysian Bar is appalled that the two executions yesterday bring the total of reported executions this year to four: Rames Batumalai, aged 44, and his brother Suthar Batumalai, aged 39, were reportedly executed at Kajang Prison on March 15, 2017.
Every individual has an inherent right to life — as enshrined in Article 5(1) of the Federal Constitution — which is absolute, universal and inalienable, irrespective of any crimes that have been committed.
We do not condone or excuse any crimes that have been committed. There is no denying that guilty persons ought to receive punishment, and justice must be served. However, to be just and effective, punishment must always be proportionate to the gravity of offences committed, and the State must never resort to taking a human life. Furthermore, studies have shown that there is no conclusive evidence of the deterrent value of the death penalty.
The death penalty is an extreme, abhorrent and inhumane punishment, and must not be taken lightly, as it is irreversible.
The Malaysian Bar calls upon the Government to act swiftly to abolish the death penalty for all crimes, stop executions, and commute each death sentence to one of life imprisonment.- Malay Mail, 25/5/2017
* This statement is submitted by George Varughese, president of the Malaysian Bar.