Govt con­sid­er­ing views of mur­der vic­tims’ fam­i­lies on death penalty

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KOTA BARU: The govern­ment is study­ing the views of fam­ily mem­bers in sev­eral high-pro­file mur­der cases that the death penalty should not be abol­ished as it pre­vents se­ri­ous crimes.

Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad said such a study was nec­es­sary to en­sure the gen­uine­ness of the fam­i­lies’ claims.

He said the govern­ment could not make an as­sess­ment un­less re­search proved that the abo­li­tion of the death penalty would cause more se­ri­ous crimes.

“We take se­ri­ously their view on the is­sue and will re­view it.”

Dr Ma­hathir, who is Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) chair­man, said this af­ter at­tend­ing a gather­ing and di­a­logue ses­sion with Pakatan Hara­pan com­po­nent party lead­ers here yes­ter­day.

On Fri­day, it was re­ported that the fam­i­lies in sev­eral high-pro­file mur­der cases had urged the govern­ment not to abol­ish the death penalty.

They were Datuk Sosi­lawati Lawiya’s el­dest daugh­ter, Erni Dekritawati Yu­liana Buhari, bet­ter known as Rita; Datuk Kevin Mo­rais’ younger brother, Datuk Richard Mo­rais; and HSBC banker Stephen Wong Jing Kui’s el­der sis­ter, Wong Hie Huong.

They shared the chal­lenges they had gone through dur­ing trial.

On Oct 27, the New Straits Times Press re­ported that the govern­ment had yet to fi­nalise its de­ci­sion to abol­ish the death sen­tence.

Home Min­is­ter Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin said the min­istry was seek­ing con­sul­ta­tion and feed­back from var­i­ous par­ties be­fore it was tabled to the cabi­net.

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