Malaysia’s Parliament Ends Death Penalty

Malaysia’s Parliament Ends Death Penalty

Malaysia’s lower house, on Monday, approved legal reforms to abolish the mandatory death penalty for some offences.

The amendments would be applicable to 34 offences currently punishable by death.

This also include murder and drug trafficking while 11 of them carry it as a mandatory punishment.

The country has had a moratorium on executions since 2018, but courts have continued to send inmates to death row.

However, alternatives to the existing death penalty include whipping and imprisonment of 30 to 40 years, Aljazeera reports.

According to the Deputy Law Minister, Ramkarpal Singh. capital punishment was an irreversible punishment that had not been an effective deterrent for crime.

He said, “We cannot arbitrarily ignore the existence of the inherent right to life of every individual. The death penalty has not brought the results it was intended to bring.”

Since its independence in 1957, Malaysia is now part of countries death penalty has been abolished.

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