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Governments must put an end to the death penalty

Governments must put an end to the death penalty

In a revolutionary move, the Malaysian government has announced that it plans to abolish the death penalty now employed by its legal system as punishment for heavy crimes.

The Malay Mail reported that the proposition for the abolishment of the death penalty will be tabled in the next Parliament sitting on Monday (15 October 2018), according to Datuk Liew Vui Keong.

The Malaysian government has made a decision to abolish the death penalty and a proposed Bill is expected to be tabled at the next parliament sitting, local media reported on Wednesday (Oct 10).

"We are calling on the Malaysian parliament to completely abolish the death penalty for all crimes, with no exceptions", Amnesty secretary-general Kumi Naidoo said in the statement.

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

"When commuted, they would have to face life imprisonment because there had been several deaths that were caused by the offender and so they were sentenced to death by the court", he said.

More than 1,200 people are on death row in Malaysia, which mandates hanging as punishment for a wide range of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, treason, kidnapping and acts of terror.




Human Rights Watch hailed the "fabulous news", with its deputy director for Asia Phil Robertson saying the move would increase pressure on other countries in the region to follow suit.

"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", he said.

Apart from the death penalty, the Pakatan Harapan government also plans to do away with other controversial and draconian laws such as the Sedition Act 1948.

Between 2007 and 2017, 35 individuals were hanged, the New Straits Times newspaper said.

"Having rejected the death penalty in this country, we now have the moral authority to fight for the lives of our citizens overseas", he said, referring to the hundreds of Malaysians on death row in Singapore and other countries, particularly for being drug mules.

"The death penalty will also be imposed on those convicted of premeditated murder", the party says in its Safety and Security policy.

As of now, 142 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice, Amnesty said.


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