Malaysian Bar protests against proposed amendment to Dangerous Drugs Act

George Varughese says while public prosecutors have the power to institute or discontinue criminal proceedings, they have no right to decide on sentencing.– The Malaysian Insight file pic by Kamal Ariffin, November 25, 2017.

THE Malaysian Bar has urged the government to withhold the passing of a bill to amend the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, saying the death sentencing process should remain “the sole realm” of the judiciary and not with public prosecutors.

Referring to the bill, which was tabled in Parliament this week, the Malaysian Bar president George Varughese praised the shift from the mandatory death penalty to judicial discretion in drug cases as “a step in the right direction”.

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