Death penalty is an 'irreversible act'

  • Death penalty is an 'irreversible act'

Death penalty is an 'irreversible act'

"Since we are abolishing the sentence, all executions should not be carried out", The Star newspaper quoted him as saying.

The minister in charge of law in the Prime Minister's Department Liew Vui Keong said the issue was discussed when the Cabinet met on Wednesday morning.

"I hope the law will be amended soon", he said.

19 prisoners are now on death row but due to lack of infrastructure and capacity, PNG is still not ready to implement capital punishment.

On the World Day Against Death Penalty, opposition Senator Leila De Lima called for a renewed and sustained campaign against the imposition of death penalty in the Philippines.

The shocking but most welcomed news of Malaysia joining other countries such as the Senegal, who abolished the death sentence for all crimes in December 2004, Liberia in September 2005 and its colonial master United Kingdom in 1965 was indeed apt as 10 October is World Day Against The Death Penalty.

Prior to this, Liew also said that the government is looking to repeal the Sedition Act 1948 and other "draconian laws".

The minister finally revealed that the paperwork for the abolishment of the death penalty is nearly done.

A Malaysian court past year ruled the case could proceed against Indonesian national Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam after Kim Jong Nam's murder at Kuala Lumpur Airport.

The cabinet has given the green light for the death penalty to be abolished.

There are no jury trials in Malaysia for capital punishment.

The penalty is exclusively carried out by hanging in Malaysia - a legacy of British colonial rule.

Between 2007 and 2017, 35 individuals faced the gallows. The decision was welcomed by rights advocates, who said there was never any proof that mandatory death sentences deterred offenders from violent or drug-related crimes.

"We strongly welcome the announcement by the Malaysian Government of its intention to abolish the death penalty", Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, the Swedish ambassador to Malaysia, wrote on Twitter. It said the death penalty has been a "terrible stain" on Malaysia's human rights record, and death row prisoners often have to wait years for their appeals to be processed. A commuted death sentence would mean the convict has to face life imprisonment as punishment for causing death (s) for which he or she had been handed the death sentence by the court in the first place.