16 October 2018 :
The Cabinet has agreed to place a moratorium on the death sentence of Muhammad Lukman, who was sentenced for possessing, processing and distributing medical marijuana (cannabis oil), The Star reported on 12 October 2018.
Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said he has brought the matter to the Cabinet’s attention and it has agreed to halt Lukman’s death sentence.
“I have brought up the matter in the Cabinet and even had discussion with (prime minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. As a consensus, we agreed that it should not have happened.
“At the same time we agree to put a moratorium on the death penalty which will be taken down and agree that the use of medical marijuana should never be punished with the death sentence,’’ he said to the press during an event with Pakatan Harapan youth in Port Dickson.
Lukman was convicted and sentenced to hang by the High Court on August 30 under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952, which carries the death penalty.