Abolishing death penalty is unfair to the family of the murder victims

Sharifah Mahsinah Abdullah

KOTA BARU: The family member of the slain couple and their son by a man at a store in Wakaf Mek Zainab last year disagree with the government’s plan to abolish death penalty in the country.

Khai Eng Choon, the brother of one of victims, said abolishing death penalty would not be fair to the crime victims and their family members whose lives were taken away from them.

“Even mandatory death sentence is not enough. The man took the lives of three people who were my brother, his wife and their son. They were killed without mercy.

“If death penalty is abolished, what similar type of punishment can be give to these kind of murderers?” said the 52-year-old rubber-tapper from Bachok.

The father of four children, he now looks after two of his dead brother’s children.

Eng Choon’s brother Kha Eng Ni, his wife Chua Joo Seok and son Kha Zee Hanz were killed at their home at Taman Bahagia, while their daughter Kha Eng Ni was seriously injured. The couple’s two other children were not at home.

All the three murder victims had stab wounds all over their bodies and head.

It was reported that the cabinet has given the green light for the death penalty to be abolished.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said on Wednesday that amendments to existing laws imposing the death sentence would be tabled in the next Dewan Rakyat sitting.

Liew said the necessary paperwork to abolish the penalty which was in the final stages had received the go-ahead from the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

Death penalty by hanging is mandatory for crimes such as murder and drug trafficking in the country. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd