Couple get death sentence for drug trafficking

Source: The Malay Mail Online

noose-hang-death-penalty-2410JOHOR BAHRU, Dec 14 ― The High Court here today sentenced a couple to death by hanging for drug trafficking.

Justice Datuk Mohd Sofian Abd Razak imposed the punishment on P. Krishnan Murthy and S. Gayathri, both aged 31, after finding that the defence had failed to cast any reasonable doubt on the prosecution’s case.

The judge said the defence failed to prove that the drugs belonged to an individual named Gunalan, purportedly a friend of Krishnan Murthy’s brother, and failed to prove that Gunalan had access to their house.

The duo were found guilty of trafficking in a lethal combination of heroin and monoacethylmorphines weighing 272.14gm at 19-08, Blok C, Apartment Sri Impian, Larkin Perdana on May 25, 2014 around 9.15pm. Read more

Cash incentives for births a bad idea, says IDEAS

Source: FMT News

It is irresponsible to encourage people to have more children than they can afford, says think tank on Terengganu government’s plan to offer higher payments for more births. Pic from FMT News.

It is irresponsible to encourage people to have more children than they can afford, says think tank on Terengganu government’s plan to offer higher payments for more births. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The Terengganu government’s cash incentive programme to encourage more childbirths in the state could lead to a cycle of poverty, says the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS).

IDEAS external relations manager Azrul Mohd Khalib said he disagreed with the programme.

Azrul said encouraging families to have more children was not a problem, but encouraging them to do so when they could not afford it was irresponsible and dangerous.

He said the programme’s prescribed one-off RM500 cash incentive for the eighth and consecutive child did not deal with the consequences of having children beyond a person’s means. Read more