Malaysia set to abolish death penalty
FOREIGN diplomats and international human rights groups have praised Malaysia for plans to abolish the death penalty in the next legislative session.
Liew Vui Keong, a minister in the prime minister’s department, said yesterday that amendments to the existing laws would be introduced in the next session, which begins on Monday.
“The death penalty will be abolished. Full stop,” Liew was quoted as saying after a law reform talk at a Malaysian university.
“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 added.
Foreign embassies and rights groups were supportive of the move.
“We strongly welcome an announcement by the Malaysian government of its intention to abolish the death penalty,” Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, the Swedish ambassador to Malaysia, wrote on Twitter. “Impressive & bold move,” he wrote.