Malaysian Bar calls for moratorium, review of death sentences

Source: Malay Mail Online

Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Malaysian Bar President George Varughese reiterated today that the Bar’s position was that no offence should attract capital punishment. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 — The Malaysian Bar urged Putrajaya today to further amend the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) to allow convicts to seek a review of their death sentences under new provisions to the law, along with a moratorium on executions.

Malaysian Bar president George Varughese also expressed concern that judges may still be constrained in exercising their discretion on sentencing, despite the removal of a clause that would have made this contingent on the prosecution’s support.

The DDA was amended by Dewan Rakyat last week to remove the mandatory death penalty, handing discretion to judges when sentencing drug traffickers, but which implored the judiciary to consider mitigating factors when doing so. Read more

Ahead of GE14, Zahid warns ‘Sabah for Sabahans’ seditious

Source: The Malaysian Insight

UMNO’S number two Ahmad Zahid Hamidi slammed rising regionalism in East Malaysia, saying that such sentiments were a serious crime that can be severely punished.

His warning comes as Umno, which holds 13 parliamentary seats in Sabah, faces a fierce local opposition that is dipping into a surge of regionalism expressed through the motto “Sabah for Sabahans”.

“The action of those who seditiously incite the people with slogans of ‘Sabah for Sabahans and Sarawak for Sarawakians’ is against the Federal Constitution.

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