PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) has called for the government to establish a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) for an in-depth examination into the proposal to abolish the death penalty.
“I don’t understand why the government refuses to set up a PSC to hear the views of various parties on this important policy.
“The government seems to be in a hurry to make decisions without taking into account the voices of most people who protested,” he said.
Dr Wee added that it was DAP's Lim Kit Siang who said Pakatan Harapan had yet to reach a consensus on the total abolition of the death penalty.
“But on Oct 10, 2018, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong said the Cabinet had made a decision on the matter.
“The bill (RUU) on the abolition of the death penalty for the 32 offences will also be tabled in Parliament to be convened (March 11 to April 11),” the MCA president said on Facebook on Tuesday (Feb 19).
Dr Wee said he had proposed that the mandatory death sentence be abolished while the death penalty be retained, with the court judge being allowed to decide on the punishment based on the merits of the case.
He said despite his proposal for a PSC, Liew insisted that the Cabinet stood by its stand to abolish the mandatory death penalty.
The abolition of the death penalty would involve 33 offences provided for under eight Acts of law, including Section 302 of the Penal Code, which deals with murder.
At present, there are some 1,200 people on death row for crimes including murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking.