Justice for murder victim’s families is not the death penalty

Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Madpet) acknowledges the desire of the families and friends of murder victims for justice, which reasonably should be that murderers and hopefully the persons who ordered and paid for the killing of their loved ones, be identified, investigated, prosecuted and accorded a fair trial. If convicted, they ought to be punished.

However, Madpet disagrees that the death penalty ought to be retained to ensure justice.

The families of the late deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morias, millionaire SosilawatiLawiya, bank manager Stephen Wong Jing Kui, university student CheeGaik Yap, Annie Kok, one-year-old Muhammad Hafiz Idris and his four-year-old sister NurulhanimIdris were reported to have met with the Select Committee for the Abolition of the Death Penalty chaired by former Chief Justice Richard Malanjum at Parliament on 14 January 2020 to call for the retention of the death penalty (Malay Mail, 14 January 2020; New Straits Times, 14 January 2020).

No one wants an innocent person to be executed

Madpet also believes that no one, including the family and dependents of murder victims, wants anyone to be wrongly convicted or executed. We recall one recent case in Asia where an innocent man was wrongly executed: in January 2011, Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice admitted that Chiang Kuo-ching, a private in the air force, had been executed in error in 1997 for a murder committed 15 years previously