Malaysia to abolish death penalty; Bill may be tabled soon

Clay Curtis
October 12, 2018

Mr Guterres noted the lack of transparency in some countries, where the death penalty was still used, underscoring its incompatibility with human rights standards.

Communications and multimedia minister Gobind Singh Deo confirmed the cabinet had resolved to end the death penalty.

Malaysia now has the death penalty for crimes such as murder and drug trafficking.

"The death penalty is a violation of the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights".

"Our view is that executions should not be carried out we will inform the Pardons Board to look into the various applications for all the death row inmates to either commute or release them".

Liew Vui Keong, a minister in the prime minister's department, said on Wednesday that amendments to the existing laws would be introduced in the next session, which begins on October 15.

Liew, who is also in charge of legal affairs told this to reporters after attending the "Law Reform Talk" at Universiti Malaya here, today.

In Malaysia, death penalty is a mandatory punishment for murder, drug trafficking, treason, and waging war against the YDPA.

Liew said the amended law would be put before parliament next Monday.

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There were 993 executions recorded in 2017 in 23 countries, but Amnesty's numbers do not include the "thousands" it says are believed to have been executed in China, which classifies this information as a state secret.

The government's announcement was "an encouraging sign", Amnesty International's Kumi Naidoo said in a statement.

"All death penalty will be abolished".

Two Chilean tourists, now on trial for the murder of a Malaysian man, would also have faced the death penalty if found guilty of murder.

Regionally, only Cambodia, the Philippines and Timor-Leste have abolished the death penalty.

In a statement on Thursday, Amnesty International said the decision was a "major step forward".

19 prisoners are now on death row but due to lack of infrastructure and capacity, PNG is still not ready to implement capital punishment. He also stressed that since the government had made that decision, all executions that have yet to be carried out should be stopped.

Once capital punishment is scrapped, Malaysia will have the moral authority to fight for the lives of Malaysians facing death sentences overseas, he added.

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