PORT DICKSON: The Cabinet has agreed to place a moratorium on Muhammad Lukman’s death sentence, who was recently sentenced for possessing, processing and distributing medical marijuana (cannabis oil).
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (pic) said this to reporters, when met during his visit to Pakatan Harapan’s youth machinery for the Oct 13 polls in Port Dickson.
“I brought this issue up in the Cabinet as well and had discussions with (Prime Minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. As a consensus, we agree that it (death penalty) should not have happened.
“At the same time, we have also agreed to put a moratorium on his death penalty,” he said.
Lukman, a 29-year-old father of one, was arrested in Dec 2015 for the possession of 3.1 litres of cannabis oil, 279 grams of compressed cannabis, 1.4kg of substance containing tetrahydrocan nabinol (THC).
He was nabbed by the police along with his five-month pregnant wife, who was freed later, during a raid at his home. He was handed a death sentence by the Shah Alam High Court on Aug 30.
Syed Saddiq also said the Cabinet has agreed that patients who used medical marijuana should never be punished by the law.
“So, it’s two accounts. One is death penalty as a whole, which will be taken down. And second, at the same time, the usage of medical marijuana should never be punished by death penalty.”
The death sentence meted down to him had triggered a public outcry from various quarters, including Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, who said she will be writing an appeal to the Attorney General to seek a pardon for Lukman.
Dr Mahathir, had on Sept 19, said that Lukman’s death sentence should be reviewed, while an online petition calling for his release, had garnered almost 70,000 signatures so far.