Execution of Michael Anak Garing in Singapore

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.

Media Statement by Malaysian Coalition against the Death Penalty

The Malaysian Coalition Against the Death Penalty is deeply disappointed with the announcement made by Deputy Minister Mohamed Hanipa Maidin today that the government has decided to abolish only the mandatory death penalty for 11 offences. This clearly falls short of what the Cabinet had decided and announced on 10 October 2018, which was the total abolition of the death penalty across all crimes.

We reiterate that the death penalty, whether mandatory or not, has no place in today’s world.  It serves no proven deterrent purpose, does not contribute to a reduction in the crime rate and worst of all, it is absolute and irreversible.

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WHY IS THE MCA SO GUNGHO ABOUT THE DEATH PENALTY?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 8 Mar 2019

If there is one reform the PH government has almost achieved, it is the effort to table a Bill to abolish the death penalty although they seem to backtrack whenever there is a crime of passion followed by a public uproar. And just as laudable, PH has imposed a moratorium on execution for drug-related offences. In Parliament, they will face opposition to this Bill by MCA and PAS.

Considering the MCA leaders have been so vehement in their opposition to PAS’ ‘hudud’ laws on the grounds that they are appalled by such punishment which allows the amputation of hands, I am truly surprised at their passion in wanting to retain the death penalty in this country. Isn’t the death penalty more monstrous than the amputation of limbs? In fact, the two rival parties of MCA and PAS seem to have arrived at an alliance to fight for the retention of the death penalty. For some puzzling reason, the DAP seems to be rather defensive against MCA’s onslaught and their top leaders have not come out openly to call for the abolition of the death penalty.

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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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