Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the execution of Michael Anak Garing that took place at dawn today.
The death penalty does not and will never provide justice. The execution of Michael Anak Garing would not deter any future crime, nor would not undo the crime that was committed by him. The death penalty merely endorses and repeat the violence and senseless loss of life inflicted by the accused through his crime and legitimize violence.
SUARAM reiterate our call for the end to death penalty and for Singapore to abolish the death penalty.
The Malaysian government must set Malaysia must learn from the senseless violence practiced by Singapore and ensure that Malaysia is set on the path for total abolition of the death penalty, and not the path where violence and murder is legitimized through the criminal justice system.
SUARAM would also like to take the opportunity to extend our condolence to the family of Michael Anak Garing.