HAKAM backs gov’t move to save Malaysian from death sentence

HAKAM backs gov’t move to save Malaysian from death sentence

PUCHONG: National Human Rights Society (HAKAM) today backed the Malaysian government’s effort to save Pannir Selvam Pranthaman from the hangman’s noose in Singapore.

“HAKAM supports the government’s effort to save Pannir from the death sentence, which is consistent with Pakatan Harapan’s promise to abolish the death penalty Malaysia,” said its secretary general Lim Wei Jiet.

In June 2017, Pannir was convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore which carries the death penalty.

His family had sent many appeals against the sentence, including an appeal to Singapore President Halimah Yaacob but to no success.

Recently, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the government is trying its best to help Pannir, who is scheduled to be hanged on Friday, with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong leading the way.

“Just now I discussed it with Liew and he is working on behalf of Putrajaya to try and convince the Singapore government to spare him the death penalty,” Saifuddin was reported saying.

Touching on death penalty, HAKAM said that the sentence violates the right to life, which is the most basic of all human rights.

“It also violates the right not to be subjected to torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment. Furthermore, the death penalty undermines human dignity which is inherent to every human being.

“The death penalty by nature is ultimate, irreversible and unduly harsh. It offers no room for rehabilitation or remorse. Further, it has been shown in many other jurisdictions that the judicial process involved in death row cases are prone to human errors,” said Lim.

By G Vinod