KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 15 – The abolishment of the death penalty needs a thorough and comprehensive study before it is implemented, says Umno legal unit chief Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said.
Doing away with capital punishment, she said, could undermine the tasks and responsibilities of security agencies such as the police. She also noted that the move may “encourage” criminals to continue with their criminal activities.
“We need to do a through and comprehensive study by taking into account the views of agencies such as the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK), police and Prisons Department on the need for a punishment to act as a deterrent.
“On the question of them being against (the abolishment), I feel that they see it as a disruption to them carrying out their duties. It’s as if though it encourages criminals (to commit crime) if the death penalty is abolished,” she told NSTP at the Parliament lobby.
The Pengerang Member of Parliament said that the mandatory death sentence would be appropriate for offences involving drugs or against repeat offenders who have been repeatedly convicted on offences requiring capital punishment.
Azalina said the government would also need to look at appropriate alternative punishments to provide a deterrent for criminals.
“The question is, if not the mandatory death sentence, than what punishment can be imposed? There are countries which have imposed lifelong sentences, even that we need to study.”
On Sunday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Datuk Liew Vui Keong announced that the death penalty would be replaced with a sentence of a minimum of 30 years behind bars.