The father of murdered Norehan Mat Saad expressed hope that the government would make a wise call in making a decision on the mandatory death penalty. (NSTP Archive)

MANJUNG: The father of murdered Norehan Mat Saad expressed hope that the government would make a wise call in making a decision on the mandatory death penalty.

Mat Saad Sarijan, 70, said eventhough he was saddened by what happened to his 31-year-old daughter, their family had accepted it as fate and hoped the government would find the best measure on the punishment.

Norehan was killed in Batu 40, Kampung Tengah, Beruas here on September 12 last year.

Mat Saad said he would accept any decision made by the government, either to retain the law or to abolish it.

“If it involves a murder case like a child kills his or her mother, I believe the death penalty will do justice.

“For those who commit murder unintentionally, discretion should be exercised and a longer jail term or life imprisonment might make the offenders repent," he said when contacted today.

As a father, Mat Saad he hoped that offenders would receive their just punishment.

“Whichever is good (decision to abolish the death penalty) we will follow...those who have gone will not return but justice will speak (for the victim),” he added.

Norehan was pronounced dead at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital (HSB) in Alor Star, Kedah on Sept 18 due to stab wounds in a snatch theft incident.

On the death penalty, it was reported that the Cabinet has given the green light for it to be abolished.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the amendments to the existing laws imposing the death penalty as a capital punishment would be tabled in the next Dewan Rakyat sitting.

He said until the abolishment of the death penalty, execution of the death sentence for present inmates will be put on hold.

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