Yes, the chapter on the Bali Nine heroin-trafficking gang, two of who were among the eight executed, will end tonight. While their case drew huge attention worldwide, it reminded me of our fellow Malaysian brothers and sisters who are on death row now, waiting for their execution, right here in our homeland. In simple terms, punishments serve three purposes: (1) it makes us repent, (2) it reminds us never to repeat a forbidden act, and (3) it acts as a warning to others.
Tell me – does it make sense to kill defenceless people on death row in order to prove that it is morally wrong to hurt other defenceless people?
Instead of mourning a tragedy and finding ways to improve the flaws in our society, we choose to satisfy our bloodlust by killing the offender.
While I agree that no punishment could ever be equal to the terrible effects of the crimes committed by these offenders against innocent people and their families, there is no point in trying to hurt them in return. Death's stamp gives value to the coin of life; making it possible to buy with life what is truly precious. It is the life they lived and the society around them that shaped them into the individual they became. Join me in sending a message to our authorities to reconsider capital punishment in Malaysia. We want our readers to be responsible while commenting and to consider how their views could be received by others. Please be polite and do not use swear words or crude or sexual language or defamatory words.
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Whether a slap on the face or beatings on the bum, these punishments help us tell wrong from right. It makes us share our experiences with our close ones so they too can learn from our mistakes.
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