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Putrajaya to abolish death penalty, says minister

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PETALING JAYA — The Cabinet has decided to abolish the death penalty and this will be tabled at the next sitting of Parliament, which will begin on Oct 15, said Datuk Liew Vui Keong.

The minister in charge of law in the Prime Minister’s Department said while the government is studying certain cases, all executions have been halted.

“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 told the media after the “Law Reform Talk” at Universiti Malaya here yesterday.

Liew said as the federal administration intends to abolish the death penalty, Putrajaya will inform the Pardons Board to look into applications of inmates on death row.

“Our view is that execution should not be carried out, We will inform the Pardons Board to look into the various applications of inmates on the waiting list to either commute their sentences or release them.

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

Liew added that the paperwork for the abolishment of the law was at the final stages and been given the green light by the Attorney-General to have it tabled
in Parliament.

“The A-G has also indicated to us that it is ready for it to be tabled, hopefully in this (Parliamentary) session,” he said.

Earlier in his opening speech, Liew said the Pakatan Harapan government is also considering the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948 and other related laws.