Death row inmate's last option is royal pardon

Death row inmate's last option is royal pardon

TEMERLOH- The family of a death row inmate convicted of murdering his wife wants to appeal for a royal pardon from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Sultan of Pahang.

Sum Ah Yoon, 57, said his brother Sum Yat Loy, 55, has spent 12 years in prison and was now awaiting execution at the Bentong jail, where he had been transferred to from the Sungai Buloh prison in Selang­or four years ago, after exhausting all channels of appeal.

The welder from Bentong was sentenced to hang by the High Court in January 2009 for murdering Khee Ah Chai, then 34, in their house at Taman Cheras Perdana in Hulu Langat, Selangor, at about 6.30pm on Feb 16, 2002.

"He had an argument with his wife at that time and ended up killing her. She was mentally disturbed after giving birth to their second daughter and frequently picked fights with my brother. He never intended or planned to kill his wife," said Ah Yoon.

"We have appealed the death sentence at the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court but it was rejected. A royal pardon is our final option," said Ah Yoon.

He added that Yat Loy has two daughters, aged 19 and 15, who also wish to see their father freed one day.

Malaysia Buddhist Couns­elling Association secretary Lam Kai Cheong said he would help draft the appeal as well as seek Bentong MP Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai's assistance.

He said it was harsh enough that Yat Loy's daughters alrea­dy lost their mother but now they were facing the prospect of losing their father as well.

"My fellow counsellors who visited Yat Loy in prison said he was a model prisoner.

"It does not matter if he has to spend more time in prison. It is still better than ending his life," said Lam.

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