Malaysia's Cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty and halt pending executions, Al Jazeera reported a short while ago.
It said a proposed bill on abolishing capital punishment is likely to be discussed by the government when the Malaysian Parliament meets on Monday.
"All death penalty will be abolished. Full stop,” Malaysian Law Minister Liew Vui Keong has said.
He called for a halt on all executions until the decision is in effect, saying: "Since we are abolishing the sentence, all executions should not be carried out."
"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," he said.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo has confirmed that the cabinet, which met on Wednesday, had resolved to end the death penalty.
More than 1,200 people are on death row in Malaysia, which mandates hanging as punishment for a wide range of crimes including murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking and treason, among others.
Rajan Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:22
Death penalty has never brought down the violent crime rate in any country. This barbaric and cruel practice has no place in Morden times.
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RAVI Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:35
Srilanka to implement the death penalty
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Ahmed Friday, 12 October 2018 10:48
looks like sri lanka always go backwards. sri lanak didnt have it when other countries were doing it. now other countries want to get rid of it while sri lanka want to have it back
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Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:54
Hope across the sea for DS. MR comes back, abolishes death penalty and pardon the convict and he goes Scot free resuming whatever???
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Mm Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:13
NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE SOMEONE ELSES LIFE. NOT EVEN A JUDGE SHOULD.
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Sumal Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:16
Stats show reduction of crimes hence they want to suspend it. They reintroduce if crime rates surge again. That mean death penalty actually works.
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cork Friday, 12 October 2018 15:49
You are correct, a dead man is less likely to re-offend. However, he is not much use for hard labour.
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Colwin Friday, 12 October 2018 10:35
Triple salute to Malaysian people !!!
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Ahmed Friday, 12 October 2018 10:46
a country that has a majority of loard buddhas ahimsa dhrama followers should stop this before malaysians. why it is taking so long ? taking life for life is not the solution.
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Yahiya Friday, 12 October 2018 14:02
Capital punishment will reduce the crimes. Blindly follow the west.
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