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Waiting for the final nail in the death penalty’s coffin

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.


Govt open to replacing death with life

WHILE the study on whether to keep the death penalty is ongoing, the Government is open to proposals on the matter.


Support for referendum on death penalty

PETALING JAYA: Lawyers have voiced their support for the proposal for the government to conduct a referendum before deciding on abolishing the death penalty, which started a debate among Malaysians in recent months.


Liew: Process of abolishing death penalty ongoing, more time needed after moratorium

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.


‘Death penalty should be an option for deserving crimes’

ON the other side of the coin, some believe the death sentence is still needed to deter crimes.


The death penalty around the world

WITH the Government’s recent decision to abolish the death penalty, Malaysia will join the nearly three quarters of countries in the world which have abolished or ceased to use the death penalty, according to Amnesty International.


45% against total abolition of death penalty

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.


Kenyan beauty queen sentenced to death for murder

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”.


Ramkarpal: Review sentences of death row inmates

PETALING JAYA: The sentences of inmates on death row should be reviewed in light of the possible abolition of the death penalty in the near future, said Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh.


Amnesty: Singapore's death penalty reform flawed

Singapore (AFP) - Singapore's reforms to its use of the death penalty are flawed, with some low-level drug offenders still being denied leniency and sent to the gallows, Amnesty International said Wednesday.