Is the death penalty for single mum of nine unfair?

by | Oct 22, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

A death sentence of a single mother of nine has triggered a heated debate across social media if capital punishment was fair.

On October 15, Hairun Jalmani received the death penalty at the Tawau High Court in Sabah for drug possession and distribution.

She was convicted for having 113.9 grams of methamphetamine in 2018.

But the question raised was is it justice when she was a mother desperately providing for her children.

Some have expressed their sadness and considered her a broken soul and a product of a broken system.

Merline Fernandez said, “It’s very heartbreaking to see this video. She’s a broken soul with nine children and to put food on the table is not easy as a single mother.”

She added that these are the people being taken advantage of due to being poor and can be exploited by the real culprits.

Others have disputed that it is tough sentencing to accept but to take the issue lightly might lead to more people being mules.

Muzzamir Ismail insists what she did was wrong.

He claimed that the law uses the death sentence in a manner that many more will not die like her as a mule so more families will be saved.

Muzzamir also said that instead of finger-pointing, people like Hairun need support to bring them out of poverty.

Batu Kawan MP Kasthuri Patto has advised the government to reform the criminal justice system and abolish the death penalty.

She said that the death penalty for the mules who are poor and convicted for drug need to be relooked at.