DAP lauds Putrajaya’s willingness to allow judges discretion on death penalty

Kasthuri-Patto

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP today welcomed Putrajaya’s willingness to consider allowing judges the final say in trials involving the death penalty.

However, until the Cabinet decides on the matter, the government should impose a moratorium on all death penalty cases, Batu Kawan lawmaker Kasthuri Patto told reporters at the Dewan Rakyat lobby today.

Arguing that life is “irreplaceable”, Kasthuri said postponing executions until a decision is made is “the right thing to do”.

This, she said, is particularly crucial in cases of young offenders or drug mules found guilty under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

“We understand this process will take time, but the government must understand that this involves the life of a person.”

Kasthuri however, was thankful that Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman had promised to raise the proposed moratorium at the Cabinet meeting as soon as possible.

This she added, was a step in the right direction to preserve “humanity, compassion and the rule of law”.