KUALA LUMPUR: Mandatory death penalty should not be scrapped as it serves as a deterrence against heinous offenders, said former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan.
He said previously the death penalty was not fully implemented by the court but was instead given a “lighter” sentences such as life imprisonment.
“The mandatory death penalty should be in place against serious convictions such as murder, drug dealings as well as acts of sabotage and treason towards the country which harm the people’s safety and security.
“The government should retain the death penalty while updating and implementing other processes such as investigation, information intelligence and prosecution,” he told NSTP when contacted yesterday.
He was commenting on the government’s move to scrap the death penalty with the bill to be tabled in the Parliament sitting next week..
Meanwhile, criminologist Kamal Affandi Hashim said the government should provide explanation on why it needs to abolish the penalty, besides having to review it from various perspectives.
“If we see it from the human rights, the decision should emphasis on the victim and the family, not the criminals.
“We should also look at that the punishment as a lesson to all,” he said when contacted today.
He also said if the move was a way for the government to cut cost, he believed that the cost to fund a life imprisonment prisoner is more expensive.
“One prisoner cost an estimated RM35 a day. If the convict is serving life imprisonment for 20 years, we are looking at a high cost in long term,” he said.
He urged the government to inform the people on cost for such long-term imprisonments.