MALAYSIA TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY; BILL MAY BE TABLED SOON
October 11, 2018:
The Malaysian government has decided to abolish the death penalty and a proposed Bill is expected to be tabled at the next parliament sitting, local media reported on 10 October 2018. (Sources: channelnewsasia.com, 10/10/2018)
The minister in charge of law in the Prime Minister's Department Liew Vui Keong said the issue was discussed when the Cabinet met on 10 October morning.
“All death penalty will be abolished. Full stop," the Malay Mail quoted Liew as saying after an event at Universiti Malaya.
“All the papers are in the final stage. The Attorney-General has also indicated to us that it is ready to be tabled, hopefully in this (parliamentary) session,” he added.
The minister also called for a moratorium on all executions until the death penalty is abolished.
''Since we are abolishing the sentence, all executions should not be carried out," Liew said as reported by The Star. ''We will inform the Pardons Board to look into various applications for convicts on the (death penalty) waiting list to either be commuted or released."