Re: Should Mandatory Death Sentence Be Abolished?
Oman, Lebanon, Algeria, Bahrain, Senegal, Tunisia and Nepal are countries with similar levels of social and economic development as Malaysia. They do not have the death penalty. They also have far lower murder rates per 100,000 people.
China, Egypt, USA and Russia have the death penalty. They also have far worse murder rates per 100,000 people. Your point that without the death penalty, murder rates will go through the roof is invalid.
I believe most criminals can be rehabilitated. Those who cannot should be locked up forever as society cannot function effectively with their presence as members of society however this is no reason for depriving them of their right to life. It is completely reasonable that having chosen to exclude these people from our society because our values are incompatible, we have to ensure they do not die due to our choices. The goal of the criminal justice system should be to ensure the security of the populace while protecting the rights of the individual criminal.
Also in Malaysia we execute people for a wide variety of crimes, not just murder.
Waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Treason) - Section 121 Penal Code
Offences against a Ruler - Section 121A Penal Code
Abetting mutiny (Armed Forces) - Section 132 Penal Code
Hostage taking - Section 374A Penal Code
Drug trafficking and possession - Section 39B Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 (mandatory)
Possession of firearms - Section 57 Internal Security Act 1960