WE CAN’T HAVE A REFERENDUM TO UNDERMINE A HUMAN RIGHT

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 18 Jan 2019

The former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor does not seem to appreciate the irony of his suggestion to hold a referendum on the abolition of the death penalty. For was it not he who “slapped, punched and karate-kicked the former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, causing him to pass out on the floor” in 1998? Anwar’s lawyer, Karpal Singh commented: “This was an assault on a defenceless man who was blindfolded, handcuffed at the back and assaulted…”

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PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE MALAYSIAN COALITION AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY CONCERNING RECENT COMMENTS MADE BY A FORMER INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE

This press statement is issued in response to comments made by a former Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Noor, reported on 15 January 2019.

We refute the claim by Tan Sri Abdul Rahim that the Government was hasty in its decision to abolish the death penalty.  As early as 2010, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, the then de facto Minister of Law, had publicly stated that the death penalty is not suitable for Malaysia.  He recognised that Malaysia had an imperfect criminal justice system since there was a high risk of miscarriage of justice.

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Death Penalty Delivers Violence and Cruelty, not Justice

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) offer our condolences for the family of Prabu N. Pathmanathan for their loss and condemns the execution of Prabu N. Pathmanathan by Singapore on the dawn of 26 October 2018.

The pursuit of justice through death penalty can only be described as a folly as death penalty itself does not provide for justice but merely inflict violence upon another. The pursuit of justice cannot rely solely on punitive measures but must include an opportunity to rehabilitate the offender and an opportunity for there to be reconciliation, not just for the family of victims but the greater society which the crime has harmed.

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OPPORTUNE TIME TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR ALTANTUYA

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 12 Oct 2018

First, we would like to congratulate the PH government for finally imposing a moratorium on hangings in the country with a view to abolish the death penalty in the next parliamentary seating. We have been calling for the abolition of the death penalty ever since SUARAM was founded in 1989.

There is no better time for our country to abolish the death penalty than the present predicament we face in trying to extradite Sirul, one of the convicted murderers of Altantuya from Australia. Since the Australian government cannot bring itself to return someone to Malaysia where he will be facing the death penalty, the just and reasonable thing to do is to abolish the death penalty so that this other convicted killer of Altantuya can be extradited back to face justice in our country.

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ABOLISHING THE DEATH PENALTY & EXTRADITE SIRUL

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 21 May 2018

SUARAM has been calling for the abolition of the death penalty ever since we have existed. There is no better time for our country to abolish the death penalty than the present predicament we face in trying to extradite Sirul, one of the convicted murderers of Altantuya from Australia. Since the Australian government cannot bring itself to return someone to Malaysia where he will be facing the death penalty, the just and reasonable thing to do is to do away with the death penalty once and for all. In so doing, we can ensure that this other convicted killer of Altantuya faces justice in our country.

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