M'sian MP: Forget Singapore, Malaysia hangs people too

Nov 14, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Malaysian MP Nazri Aziz last week (Nov 10) urged the Malaysian government to abide by the moratorium on death sentences in the country, warning that it would otherwise be accused of double standards following the Malaysia's prime minister’s move to appeal on behalf of Malaysian drug mule Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam who is scheduled to be hanged in Singapore.

Nazri said although the Malaysian government had agreed in 2018 to impose a moratorium on the death penalty, it had U-turned on the decision the following year.

“We retracted it, what is this?” he said. “One minute we agreed, the next we retracted.”

He referred to the case of a single mother with nine children who was handed the death sentence in October for possessing 113.9g of methamphetamine in January 2018.

Nagaenthran, who was arrested in April 2009, had been on death row for more than a decade for trafficking 42.72g of heroin.

At the heart of the outrage over his scheduled execution was a diagnosis of his mental capability, which found among other that he has an IQ of 69 – below the threshold of 70 for declaring a person as intellectually disabled according to American psychiatric benchmarks.

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob meanwhile wrote to his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Looong, asking for leniency and expressing hope that Nagaenthran’s appeal could be considered “purely on humanitarian grounds”.

Nazri said: “I would like to congratulate the prime minister who, even though he did not have the moral high ground to appeal to another country because a Malaysian citizen faces the gallows, wrote a letter knowing that people would point back at him and say, ‘Your country also hangs people’.

“Meaning that drug offences, if they are outside the country, are okay. But in the country, we hang them,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat.

Leong Mun Wai pulled a 'Raeesah Khan' in Parliament on Telegram hearsay

Jan 13, 2022 | 🚀 Fathership
On Tuesday (Jan 11), Progress Singapore Party (PSP) member Leong Mun Wai claimed that he received feedback from residents, "that some teachers have already practised vaccination diferentiated safe management measures in schools".

When asked by Education Minister Chan Chun Sing to name the schools and teachers involved, Leong backpedalled and said that the feedback was through Whatsapp and that he would need to ask 'his' residents before making a clarification. He later disclosed that the feedback originated from a Telegram group called SG Concerned Parents.

After a terse exchange between Chan and Speaker of the House Tan Chuan Jin, Leong admitted that the chat group messages did not name any particular schools.

Indranee: When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it

Leong's response drew a rebuke from Leader of the House Indranee Rajah who admonished Leong for making unsubstantiated claims.

Indranee rose and said: "When you make allegations against teachers and just cast it out there, you must be able to substantiate it. And that is why Minister Chan (had) asked, ‘Please provide me with the details of which school and which teacher so that the Ministry of Education can follow up'.”

She described Leong’s explanation on Tuesday as an attempt to “grandstand” or make broad speeches that have no bearing on the details requested by the Education Minister.

Leong Mun Wai another Raeesah Khan?

In August last year, Raeesah shared an anecdote in Parliament about details of a rape case she alleged was mishandled by the police. She later admitted to lying about the anecdote.

In 2014, Workers' Party MP Faisal Manap also made an unsubstantiated claim alleging that when he was a counsellor, he came across a couple who were having housing issues and advised to file for a divorce by the Housing and Development Board — so that the wife would be eligible to buy a house under the Singles Scheme and she could subsequently remarry her husband.

He later apologised for not verifying the authenticity of his anecdote.