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KUALA LUMPUR - The Government has proposed to revert to the original position of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 which will allow the court to decide a punishment of either death or life imprisonment with whipping.

Under the Act currently, any person convicted of trafficking in dangerous drugs shall be punished with death under Section 39B.

The section was first included via an amendment to the Act in 1975.

The amendment originally stated that a person convicted shall receive either death or life imprisonment together with whipping.

However, the law was amended in 1983 to remove the judicial discretion and to provide for only the mandatory death penalty.

In the latest proposed amendments, the Government is seeking to amend subsection 39B(2) of the Act to empower a court to impose a punishment of death or imprisonment for life and whipping of not less than 15 strokes for the offence of drug trafficking.

"However, in imposing the punishment of imprisonment for life and whipping of not less than 15 strokes, the court may regard only any of the circumstances specified," reads the Bill.

The Bill was tabled for first reading by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri

MELAKA - The supportive role of wives of elected and former elected representatives is important as a driving force for their spouses, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

In this regard, he said, interaction among members of the welfare bodies of wives of elected and former elected representatives nationwide, which were non-profit organisations, could be a morale booster for these spouses.

"Indeed in each general election, there will be at least 30 per cent new faces

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has congratulated three Malaysian scientists who won prestigious awards in conjunction with the 17th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology in Myanmar last month.

"Am very proud of the recognition Dr Hafizal Mohamad, Dr Leong Wai Yie and Prof Chong Mei Fong received at the Science and Technology Awards Ceremony of the 17th Asean Ministerial Meeting on Science and Technology in Myanmar. Keep up the outstanding work

KUALA LUMPUR - A pre-requisite for effectively countering a terror network is to cut off all forms of financing, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

The Deputy Prime Minister said without funds and economic resources, the entire operation of a terrorist organisation will cease.

"The terrorists comprise multi-nationalities, who are collaborative and united.

"Secondly, they use technology effectively and this is seen through their effective online presence in radicalising and

KUALA LUMPUR - Action has been taken against the Barisan Nasional MPs who were absent during a surprise bloc vote to pass Budget 2018 allocations for a ministry, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).

Two days ago, Barisan won the bloc vote on allocations to the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry by a razor-thin one vote difference with 52 MPs voting for and 51 against.

"I have taken action, I have already advised them (absent MPs) that they should be more serious

IPOH - The Government has pledged RM3mil for the setting up of the Asean Centre For Islam, Peace and Non-Violence at Universiti Sultan Azlan Shah (USAS), says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the centre in Kuala Kangsar and the existing Counter-Messaging Centre could complement the work of the King Salman Centre For International Peace in enhancing the nation’s role in countering terrorism and extremism at the international level.

“Besides the military aspect

KUALA LUMPUR - Continuous heavy rain is expected in the east coast states of the peninsula from Thursday until Sunday, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (METMalaysia) said on Wednesday.

Its director-general Alui Bahari is urging residents in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and eastern Johor to heed the four-day weather forecast and take precautionary measures.

“The alert was issued as our monitoring found that strong easterly winds are expected to blow from the South China Sea to the east

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