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AS a punishment, the death penalty continues to capture the public interest in a morbid and unique way. The Asean region has proven resistant to a growing worldwide movement away from the death penalty, with 142 countries having abolished it in law or practice. The only countries in the region to have abolished capital punishment are Cambodia in 1989 and the Philippines in 2007.
BANGI: The process to abolish the mandatory death penalty is still ongoing as the government has to deal with various issues following the moratorium on all pending executions, says Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
ON the other side of the coin, some believe the death sentence is still needed to deter crimes.
PETALING JAYA: In a survey conducted by The Star, almost half of Malaysians surveyed are against the Cabinet’s plan to abolish the death penalty.
NAIROBI: A Kenyan court has sentenced a 24-year-old beauty queen to death for murdering her boyfriend by stabbing him 25 times, drawing criticism from rights groups who called the punishment “inhumane”.