PETALING JAYA: Another Malaysian citizen on death row in Singapore is scheduled to be executed this week, some five months after the republic ignored pleas for clemency for a Malaysian convicted of drug trafficking.
A notification from Singapore’s Changi Prison authorities to the family of Sarawakian Michael anak Garing, who was found guilty of murder four years ago, prompted criticism from rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL).
It said they were given only eight days’ notice of his execution this Friday.
“They have been asked by letter to make the ‘necessary funeral arrangements’.
“This extremely short notice is disturbing and a cause for concern. It gives the family scant time to spend with Michael in his final days and to make preparations,” said LFL’s N Surendran.
He said while Michael should pay for his crime, he must be given the chance to undergo rehabilitation.
“The death penalty has never been proven to be a deterrent to serious crime. Killing Michael only entrenches the culture of violence, and will not make Singaporeans any safer in their daily lives,” he added.
On Oct 26 last year, Singapore carried out the death sentence on Prabu N Pathmanathan, a Malaysian convicted of trafficking drugs across the causeway in 2014.
It drew condemnations from rights activists, who also claimed that confessions obtained against Prabu were made under duress.