Arau MP to raise question of death penalty for drink driving during Parliament sitting

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  • Wednesday, 15 Jul 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: A lawmaker in Dewan Rakyat will be raising a question whether the death penalty would be among the penalties for those responsible for fatal drink driving accidents.

Arau MP Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim intends to raised the question to Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong during Oral Question Time in the House on Wednesday (July 15).

The senior Umno lawmaker also wanted to know if current laws would be amended to punish drunk drivers and those under the influence of drugs.

Dr Wee had previously said that there are proposals to amend the law to impose stiffer penalties for drink driving with the matter to be brought for Cabinet's approval this June.

Calls for stiffer penalties for the offence come following public outcry in the wake of recent spate of drinking driving accidents which resulted in injuries and deaths.

Under Section 45A (1) of the Road Transport Act, anyone found guilty of drink driving can be fined between RM1,000 and RM6,000 or jailed for up to 12 months.

For fatal accidents caused by drink driving, Section 44 of the Act provides for a maximum fine of RM10,000 and a jail term of up to 12 months.

Other question to be raised today includes effort to deal with the homeless during the Covid-19 movement control order period by Dungun MP Wan Hassan Mohd Ramli.

Jerantut MP Datuk Ahmad Nazlan Idris wants to know what is the total loss of income for the tourism industry due to the impact of Covid-19 on the nation's economy.

Lawmakers will also resume debates on the motion of thanks on the Royal Address which ends on July 29.

Among those taking part in the debates is Opposition leader Port Dickson MP Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who resumes his debate today.

Dewan Rakyat, which began on Monday (July 13), will sit for 25 days until Aug 27.

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