The government will review caning as a punishment as it is inhumane and outdated, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
According to The Star, the minister said caning was introduced as a punishment during the colonial era but many countries have since abolished it now.
“I think the caning punishment needs to be reviewed holistically. When someone is whipped 15 times, I think it is too much,” he was quoted as saying.
“It takes two to three whips for a person’s skin to come off. It is inhumane. Caning is something we inherited from our colonial masters.”
Wan Junaidi said as the government is undergoing a transformation of our prison and judicial system, they are also looking into alternative punishments to the mandatory death penalty.
“We should also review caning,” he said.
He also said judges should be given the discretion on whether to implement caning as a form of punishment.
“The country has already granted judges discretionary powers on sentencing for offences that previously prescribe the mandatory death penalty. The judges should also have the same discretion on whether to impose caning or not,” Wan Junaidi said.
He added that a technical committee would be set up to look into the matter. “We want to gather input from all stakeholders. Some people will not agree with me on this, so let’s hear their views too,” he said.
In June this year, the government agreed to abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty, giving judges discretion on sentencing.
Meanwhile, the government is also studying alternative sentences in relation to 11 offences which carries the death penalty.
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