NEW STRAITS TIMES
Nov 14, 8:44am
Cabinet likely to accept death to child rapists
SIMPANG PERTANG, Nov 14: The proposal by many quarters, including National Unity and Social Development and the Women and Family Development Ministries that the death sentence be meted out against child rapists is likely to be accepted by the Cabinet. Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the tendency (by the Cabinet to accept the proposal) was "great."
He said he would be presenting a paper to the Cabinet on stiffer penalties against child rapists, including the death sentence, on Nov 26.
"It is very likely that the proposal will be accepted. However, we will have to wait for the official decision by the Cabinet on that day."
He said his ministry, however, had yet to compile the views by the experts.
"I believe that if stiffer punishment is not meted out," he said, "there will be no stopping to rape and murder cases whose victims also include innocent children."
The Government, via the ministry, the Attorney-General's Chambers and the police would try to meet up with the expectation and demand of the society to put an end to such cases.
"The Cabinet has voiced out its opinion that punishment for rapists and those involved in incest cases should be stiffer," he added.
Rais said he would ensure that in the event death penalty was not imposed, stiffer punishment, which included longer jail terms and increase in whipping, would be meted out against child rapists.