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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