Government, people care little about death penalty, says Bar

Source: FMT News 

KUALA LUMPUR: A lack of concern by the government has led to the people also viewing the issue of the mandatory death penalty in the country as being of little importance, the Malaysian Bar said today.

The Bar’s human rights committee co-chairman Andrew Khoo said only opposition parties seem to care, and consider the abolition of the mandatory death penalty an issue that needs more attention.

He said one of the reasons behind the failure to support the move may be the government’s observation that there are many developed or first world countries also carrying out capital punishment. Read more

Brother of death-row inmate harbours hope to save him

Source: FMT News 

KUALA LUMPUR: There was a time when Sum Ah Yoon never had an opinion about the death penalty, but that changed when his younger brother was sentenced to the gallows in January 2009.

“I am against it. My brother deserves a second chance at life,” the 60-year old retired banker said.

“Maybe one day your family member will become a victim. You never know,” he said on the sidelines of a conference and training workshop titled “Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and Asia Pacific” here yesterday. Read more

State pardons boards should meet periodically, says lawyer

Source: FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The pardons board of every state should hold meetings periodically to pore over cases under their respective jurisdictions, the Malaysian Bar’s migrants, refugees and immigration affairs committee said today.

Its chairman M Ramachelvam said that at present, each board’s activities were opaque and one did not hear of anything much happening at these meetings.

He also said neither the frequency nor the results of the meetings were made known to others, with the exception of the Johor Pardons Board where there were some commutations of sentences in conjunction with the Sultan of Johor’s coronation. Read more

Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and in Asia-Pacific Conference

The Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) in cooperation with Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM)/Together Against Death Penalty are organising the Malaysia National Conference and Training Workshop on the “Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and in Asia-Pacific” on 21 to 22 of July 2017 at Auditorium of the KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The two-day conference, , which will include participants coming from countries across Asia-Pacific, will be a great opportunity of learning, exchanging views, experiences and best practices with regard the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty.

The Conference will be looking also be looking topics like ‘poverty, crime and the death penalty’, detention conditions, death penalty and the impact on children (CRC) and family, death penalty and mental health, death penalty and migrants/foreigners, ‘secret’ executions, and other matters related. We will also be looking at how effectively we could use the UPR and other UN mechanisms. Lastly, there will also be short training on fact-finding missions.

Space is limited, attendance is by pre-registration by emailing to easytocall@gmail.com,  contactadpan@gmail.com and/or kristina.adpan@gmail.com.

Alternatively you may register by clicking here.

Gov’t should not wait to amend law, say anti-death penalty groups

Source: Malaysiakini

The government must stop dragging its feet in amending the death penalty law, following the recent announcement that a review of capital punishment in Malaysia has been completed.

Anti-death penalty groups have urged for prompt reform, saying that proposed changes to capital punishment sentences were overdue.

“The attorney-general has said he is not objecting (to reform of mandatory death sentences) last November. (Minister in Prime Minister’s Department) Nancy Shukri has already said she will table the amendments in March 2016. The study was commissioned quite some time ago.

“The government should table the proposed amendments speedily. Delay in amending the law is ‘torturous’ for those still under the death sentence by reason of the existence of the mandatory death penalty provisions in law,” Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Madpet) coordinator Charles Hector told Malaysiakini.

Meanwhile, regional grouping Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (Adpan) cited Malaysia’s response at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report in front of UN member countries in late 2013.

“The Malaysian government has, time and again, announced that this study was underway, in response to the UPR review, as well as in response to calls by NGOs for it to abolish the death penalty,” said Adpan executive member Ngeow Chow Ying. Read more

Warga Sarawak beri ibu S$12.80 sebelum jalani hukuman gantung

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Perkara pertama Kho Jabing buat apabila ibu dan kakaknya tiba dari Miri, Sarawak untuk melawatnya di penjara di Singapura minggu lepas, ialah memberi mereka satu-satunya harta miliknya – S$12.80 (RM38.50) hasil kerjanya selama 8 tahun sebagai banduan.

“Bila dia nampak kami, dia beri kami wang itu, dan katanya, ini pemberian pertama dan terakhir darinya,” kata adik Jabing, Jumai.

Jabing, 31, dijadualkan menjalani hukuman gantung di Singapura pada waktu subuh esok.

“Dia bekerja untuk mendapatkan wang itu selama 8 tahun dalam penjara, dan dia menyimpan wang itu supaya dia boleh memberikan sesuatu kepada ibu kami,” kata Jumai kepada The Malaysian Insider dalam temu bual telefon lewat Rabu.

Jumai berada di Singapura dengan ibunya sejak 26 Oktober selepas mereka mendapat tahu peluang terakhir Jabing untuk menerima pengampunan ditolak. Read more

Halt the execution of Kho Jabing ― ADPAN Executive Committee

Source: The Malay Mail Online

NOVEMBER 3 ― The Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) urgently calls on the government of Singapore to halt the impending execution of 31-year-old Sarawakian Kho Jabing, whose application for clemency was rejected by the President of Singapore on October 19.

Kho Jabing was arrested in February 2008 for his participation in a robbery during which he hit a victim with a wooden stick or branch, resulting in the man’s death. He was convicted in 2010 under Section 300c of Singapore’s Penal Code, and his mandatory death sentence was confirmed by the Court of Appeal in 2011. Read more