Malaysia to abolish death penalty

Blanche Robertson
October 11, 2018

Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Liew Vui Keong revealed that the bill would likely be tabled at the next Dewan Rakyat sitting, which begins on Monday.

Foreign diplomats and global human rights groups on Thursday praised Malaysia for plans to abolish the death penalty in the next legislative session.

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

The minister finally revealed that the paperwork for the abolishment of the death penalty is nearly done.

"The death penalty is abhorrent, and we must try and save our countrymen and women from judicial murder overseas".

The African Christian Democratic Party has promoted capital punishment as part of its policy.

"Let's talk about the death penalty, let's talk about hard labour in our prisons without the chance of early parole for violent contact crimes, let's have this discussion and we call upon government to immediately facilitate such national process of discourse", IFP chief whip Narend Singh said in a statement in September.

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Another vehicle remained outside. "We are questioning the staff who were on duty at the time", the commissioner said. Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda cautioned the public against speculation.

In April past year, Amnesty International ranked Malaysia 10th in the use of death penalty among the 23 countries that carried out capital punishment in 2016.

"There is no time to waste, the death penalty should have been consigned to the history books long ago", the human rights group's secretary-general, Kumi Naidoo, said in a statement, adding that 142 countries worldwide have rejected capital punishment.

Between 2007 and 2017, 35 individuals faced the gallows.

"Drug-related offences will be different and consideration must be given to convicts who, for example, were drug mules, as compared to those who committed heinous crimes", said Mr Liew. A total of 1,267 prisoners are on death row, making up 2.7 per cent of the 60,000 behind bars.

De Lima said that as a human rights defender and legislator, she has pushed for the introduction of the penalty of qualified reclusion perpetua in criminal laws to ensure restorative justice instead of punitive measures.

Amnesty International reported in March that 799 people on death row were convicted of drug trafficking, including 416 foreign nationals.

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand have death penalty laws.

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