Do you know that there were at least 5851 executions of death penalty carried out in the year of 2007? Malaysia is one of the 58 countries in the world that still have the death penalty. The death penalty in Malaysia is prescribed for several offences such as murder and waging war against the King as stated under the Penal Code, kidnapping for ransom which is an offence under The Kidnapping Act 1960 as opposed to simple kidnapping under the Penal Code, drug trafficking under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and certain scheduled offences for activities in relation to possession of firearms and ammunition or explosives offences under the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971(FIPA). According to the Deputy Home Minister, Zainal Abidin Zin, between 1970 and October 2001, 359 death sentences were carried out. The majority were for trafficking in dangerous drugs. Recently, question arise whether we should abolish capital punishment or not. It is the right time for us to rethink the relevancy of death penalty in Malaysia.
Capital punishment in Malaysia should be abolished for several reason. First and foremost because it is a denial of human rights. Malaysia is a democratic country and the right to life must be upheld. Far from enhancing the value of human life, the death penalty lowers it. It violates the belief in the human capacity to change and reinforces the idea that killing is a reasonable response to those who have wronged us. This right is absolute, universal and inalienable, irrespective of any crimes that may have been committed. Article 5 of Federal Constitution also stated that no human being must be deprived of his or her right to life. Hence, society has a moral obligation to protect human life and not to take it. Natural law is the law which is derived from nature. Cicero, the Roman orator defines natural law as right reason in agreement with nature. Natural law is so immutable that it cannot be changed by any human being....
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