PM Mahathir Mohamad's alliance which won a stunning election upset this year had promised upholding human rights
12 October, 2018, 05:24
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the amendments to the existing laws imposing the death penalty as a capital punishment would be tabled in the next Dewan Rakyat Sitting.
Foreign diplomats and worldwide human rights groups on Thursday praised Malaysia for plans to abolish the death penalty in the next legislative session.
"We are studying certain issues... we need to look into it and hear the views of all, but as it stands today, the decision is to abolish the death penalty".
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"I hope the law will be amended soon".
In Malaysia, the death penalty carried out by hanging is mandatory for crimes such as murder with intent to kill, for trafficking excessive amounts of drugs and possession of firearms.
Its promises included eradicating corruption and bolstering human rights.
Malaysia has announced plans for a new bill that could abolish the death penalty within weeks and bring in a moratorium on executions effective immediately, a move that could save a Sydney grandmother now facing execution for drug charges.
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.