I just watched Majalah TV3, a documentary about prisoners on death row. The documentary took the viewers into the cell, the place where the prisoner spend their last night and the chamber where they are hang.
There are interviews with an Imam (I think), police and a doctor. This not the usual Made-In-Hollywood suave and hip style of filming where everything seems much more glamourous, suspenseful and just plain entertainment. This documentary hits home, right into my heart. Simple and truthful.
I know the guy there (they cover the face) must have committed some great crime. He ought to be punished and put to death. But still, it breaks my heart to see a person in that vulnerable situation.
The Imam and police related some very touching parts. Like sometimes it rains just on the spot where the death punishment is taking place. Or even the hardest of men who previously have no religion and will start looking for a place to turn to at the last moment.
The police also told Majalah TV3 about a guy who refused to acknowledge his mother previously but reunited with her before his death after counselling from the police. It is so touching.
This makes me wonder….When a person hits deep shit, where do they turn to? I am sure the atheist of the very atheist will still run somewhere for cover.
Whatever it is, I know my God will forgive. He will forgive the criminals, sinners, suicide persons, just anyone. If only they turn to Him.
Looking at the man in a kneeling position, deep in prayers, with his palm open for blessings, I know that God will still take Him up to Heaven. No matter what grave mistakes he had done. God forgives.
God bless the deceased souls. If God forgives, should we mere mortals learn to forgive too?
**Do you know that death sentence is carried out at 6.00 am in the morning? Several witnesses have to be around like a doctor, Imam (or whatever religious leader the prisoner chosed), hakim (judge?) and others. It is rather elaborate. The prisoners usually are not able to walk to the loop as they will be too weak by then. Sometimes, they struggled and broke their necks when they are hanged. The doctor’s role is to certify the death and help ‘repair’ some of the visible injuries. Sometimes, their tongues dangled out. Some of their eyes are terbeliak (open wide) and some closed. Of course, their head is covered before hanging. **
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Aliran wrote something about this. I can’t verify anything. Just that this is the only thing I can get from the internet.
This site from Wiki placed China as the country with the highest capital punishment. And tiny Singapore in the 10th position. Malaysia is not one of the 12.