State stand on abolishment of death penalty, DAP urged

PETALING JAYA: MCA has asked DAP to state its stand on the government’s plan to abolish the death penalty.

In a Facebook post, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said he wants to know DAP’s stand on the matter.

“I would wish to hear from DAP – are they opposing the abolishment of the death penalty?

“They were courageous in raising major issues before the May 9 ­general election? Now, they dare not respond directly,” he said.

Dr Wee said he was moved as he read the Facebook post of Sim Yee Ling, the mother of the 15-year-old girl Ng Yuk Tim who was murdered six years ago.

“When I took the lead and expressed my stand to go against the abolition of death penalty in Parliament on Oct 15 last year, I was mocked by Pakatan Harapan MPs.

“My suggestions to set up a Special Parliamentary Select Committee to gather public opinion on the matter and listen to the feelings of the victims’ family members were also rejected,” he said.

Dr Wee said in the past, MCA did not work hard enough to meet the expectations of the people.

“But now, the abolition of the death penalty is a major issue and their response is ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’!

“Are they fooling the rakyat now?” asked Dr Wee.

It was reported that DAP leader Lim Kit Siang was confronted by MCA activists in Cameron Highlands recently to state his stand on the matter and when the activists chanted slogans against the abolition of capital punishment, Pakatan Harapan supporters replied with chants of “Gong Xi Fa Cai”.

After learning about the incident, Sim wrote in her post that she was saddened by the response from the Pakatan supporters and chided the Pakatan government for not listening to the voices of the families of the murder victims.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said a proposed Bill to abolish the death penalty was expected to be tabled during a Dewan Rakyat sitting this year.

In October last year, he said the Cabinet would abolish the death penalty, with a moratorium for those on death row despite the outcry from families of murder victims over the proposal.

Liew explained that it does not mean that those convicted would be set free.

“Their sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment,” he said.

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