22 January 2019 :
The government will not hold a public vote on the proposal to abolish the death penalty.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the matter was an ongoing process and not finalised.
“It is not completed yet because the papers have to go through various ministries.
“We are not going to have a referendum on that matter. That’s for sure,” he told reporters after the opening of the Sabah and Sarawak Legal Year at the Kota Kinabalu Court Complex, Kota Kinabalu on 18 January 2019.
Liew was responding to a Facebook poll by Berita Harian, where 85 per cent of Netizens agreed for the government to hold a referendum before deciding on abolishing the death penalty.
In October last year, the cabinet gave the green light for the death penalty to be abolished.