M'sian single mother of 9 sobs uncontrollably after handed death sentence for drug offences

She was found with 113.9g of methamphetamine in her possession in January 2018.

Ashley Tan | October 21, 2021, 05:17 PM

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The reaction of a single mother in Malaysia after being given the death sentence for drug possession and distribution has sparked some debate on the severity of the punishment on social media.

Asked who will take care of her children

The 55-year-old woman, Hairun Jalmani, was filmed being escorted out by a policewoman, all the while wailing hysterically.

The single mother of nine children who works as a fishmonger was found with 113.9g of methamphetamine in her possession in January 2018, reported Vice.

She was sentenced to death on Oct. 15, 2021.

In a viral TikTok video by Malaysian news outlet Seehua Daily, which has been viewed over 180,000 times, Hairun is handcuffed and can be heard exclaiming loudly.

While most of her speech is muffled and unintelligible, at one point she cries out to ask who will take care of her children after her death.

Meanwhile, the policewoman at her side repeatedly tells her to calm down.

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Sparking discourse

According to Malaysia's Dangerous Drugs Act, anyone caught with 50g or more of methamphetamine shall be presumed to be trafficking the drug, unless the contrary is proven.

Upon conviction, a guilty individual faces a death sentence that is usually carried out by hanging.

Some social media users agreed with Hairun's sentencing.

Other were up in arms following the news.

They sympathised with her situation as a single mother, and pointed out that certain circumstances could have led her to desperation.

One Twitter user highlighted that the case was a result of a systemic "failure" that caused vulnerable women to be disproportionately affected by such sentences.

This stance was echoed by Amnesty International Malaysia, a non-profit organisation that focuses on human rights.

The organisation stated that 95 per cent of women in Malaysia known to be under sentence of death in 2019 were convicted for drug-related offences.

It claimed that factors such as abuse, violence and exploitation might not have been taken into account during their sentencing.

Amnesty International Malaysia also claimed that current drug policies "have failed to address the underlying socio-economic factors that increase the risks that lead people to use and sell drugs, including ill-health, denial of education, unemployment, lack of housing, poverty and discrimination."

It also called for the abolishment of the death penalty.

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Top photo from Seehua Daily / TikTok