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Debate rages over Malaysia's move to scrap death penalty : Recent death of baby sparks calls to keep capital punishment

Nov 21, 2018 - The Straits Times (Singapore)

The Malaysian government is keen to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment, arguing for the sanctity of human life.

Then the heartbreaking case of Zara Muhammad Zainal broke earlier this month.

The 11-month-old child died on Nov 9, after being allegedly raped and sodomised by her babysitter's husband. This sparked outrage and loud calls for the perpetrator to be given the death penalty.

Amid the widespread anger, de facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong has said the Ca...