October 7, 2022

Govt to consider recording last words of death row inmates, says Azis Jamman

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KUALA LUMPUR: A senior PAS lawmaker has suggested the last words of those of on death row are recorded before they are hung.

“Has the government ever done or considered recording or video recording the dying declaration of those before they are hanged, as a direct message to future generations not to repeat their crimes?” Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan (PAS-Kota Baru) said when asking a supplementary question in Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (Dec 3).

The PAS secretary-general said that such recordings must be done voluntarily and without any coercion.

In response, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman said such a proposal is under consideration, but there are sensitivities which needed to be considered in the matter.

At present, he said the Prisons Department allows for the recording of dying declaration of death row inmates, but it is strictly meant for their family members.

Earlier, to a question by Kasthuriraani Patto (PH-Batu Kawan), Mohd Azis said there are currently 1,280 inmates on death row as of Dec 2 this year.

He said their sentences could not be carried out, as 453 of the inmates are appealing their cases in the Court of Appeal and Federal Court.

“Another 827 of them are in the appeal process with the respective state pardon boards, and the warrant of execution against them has yet to be issued,” he added.

Of those on death row, he said that 734 are Malaysians while 546 are foreigners from 43 countries.

Of the Malaysians on death row, he said 349 are Malays, 193 Indians, 158 Chinese and 34 of other ethnicities.

As for their age groups, Mohd Azis said 397 inmates are between 21 and 30,525 are between 31 and 40,267 are between 41 and 50.

“For those aged between 51 and 60 years old, there are 74 death row inmates and 17 who are above 60 years old,” he added.

Mohd Azis noted there is still a moratorium on the death sentence pending the findings of the government’s special committee that was set up to study the issue.

The committee, he said, held its first meeting on Sept 20 and will carry out its study over a three-month period.

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