Foreign diplomats and international human rights groups on Thursday praised Malaysia for plans to abolish the death penalty in the next legislative session.
In Malaysia, death penalty is a mandatory punishment for murder, drug trafficking, treason, and waging war against the YDPA.
Capital punishment has recently been extended to acts of terrorism, death as a result of rape, child rapists and kidnapping.
When someone is sentenced to death, the head of state automatically receives a report on each case and can either commute the sentence to another punishment, pardon the offender, or set the time and place for the execution.
There are no jury trials in Malaysia for capital punishment.
Liew Vui Keong, a minister in the prime minister’s department, said on Wednesday that amendments to the existing laws would be introduced in the next session, which begins on Oct. 15.
“The death penalty will be abolished, full stop. Read more