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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ICERD ADDRESSES DISCRIMINATORY POLICIES AND PRACTICES

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 23 Oct 2018

The current debate about whether Article 153 of our Constitution violates the International Convention on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) misses the point about Malaysia ratifying this important Convention. The vital question we need to ask is: Are we ready to face the world community and declare that we are free of racially discriminatory policies and practices?

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11MP REVIEW: WHAT REFORMASI AGENDA?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 19 Oct 2018

We expected the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (MTR11MP) to be an exposition of the new PH government’s new development strategy that would be radically different from that of the previous BN government’s. After all, the new MP for Port Dickson, Anwar Ibrahim expressed gratification that the Prime Minister Mahathir had integrated the “Reformasi” agenda into the national agenda. What radical reforms are in this review of the 11MP? Pray show us.

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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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THIS LAND IS OUR LAND, NOT FOR PRIVATISATION

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 10 Oct 2018

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said the government may sell the people’s land and other “valuable assets” to private interests to pare down its debt. Such a quick fix argument is flawed and totally unacceptable. The reality is that we expect the new PH government to do the reverse and reclaim our public assets that have been privatised since the Eighties. 

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