The law, even if it is man-made, is designed to provide protection for the rights of mankind's peaceful existence. The idea of creating laws for the protection of criminals is a weird sting from a twisted mind. A criminal should lose all his human rights as he chose to not behave as a proper human being. When he/she broke the law he /she had encroached on the rights of another human being and for that a punishment should be imposed.
The argument the death penalty should be abolished because the punishment was barbaric, inhumane and an insufficient deterrent does not hold water. If that is the case then we should also do away with the prison sentence or other penalties and just reward the criminals for their criminal act.
As for Nazri's (stupid?) statement, what about the rights of the murdered victims to live? What about the right of victims' families that may be affected by the lost of the their loved ones?
Are we going to make another stupid effort to protect and reward the offenders rather than the rights of innocent victims? Just like the way the government is spending millions of ringgit for the drug addicts but could not afford to sponsor the bright students to pursue tertiary education. What kind of logic is applied to this case?
Hang the noose
Abolish the death penalty?
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 359 people have been hanged since 1970. Many of them trafficked in drugs, some of them like notorious bomoh Mona Fandey were involved in murders and a number committed firearms robberies.
Malaysia is one of 76 countries in the world where the death penalty is still part of the law-and-order regime.
The Bar Council said over the weekend that it would campaign for the death penalty to be abolished, arguing that the punishment was barbaric, inhumane and an insufficient deterrent.
It also called for an immediate moratorium on all death sentences pending amendments to the law.
The country’s de facto law minister yesterday threw his support behind the move to do away with the death penalty.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said: "I am open to the idea but as it’s not an issue of just the minister taking a stand, it must be discussed with the Attorney-General.
"I welcome this proposal. This is definitely something which should be looked into.
"For me, a life is a life. No one has the right to take someone else’s life, even if that person has taken another life."
However, Nazri said that it was not possible to impose a moratorium on death sentences.
"They cannot do that. Laws providing for such sentences still exist until we decide to do away with them.
"The death sentence has been part of our laws for a long time.
"It goes with the fabric of the whole system. After discussions are held, hopefully the A-G will advise the Government."
Any move to abolish the death penalty is likely to face stiff opposition from the Government and also those who believe that the rights of offenders must be weighed against the rights of victims and the rights of the community to live and work in safety and security.
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