Malaysian Government Plans to Abolish the Death Penalty

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 11 (Prensa Latina) The Malaysian government will introduce a bill to abolish the death penalty, possibly before concluding 2018, due to the rejection it has generated among the population, Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Gobind Singh Deo, said.

After a meeting, the Malaysian cabinet decided to suspend the use of that punishment and the Sedition Law and now a project is being prepared to drug both legislations completely, Gobind said.

The death penalty, which is carried out by hanging, is in force in Malaysia for a series of crimes ranging from murder to kidnapping, including possession of firearms, drug trafficking and other crimes.

More than 1,200 prisoners are currently on death row, representing 2.7 percent of the population imprisoned in the country.

The government's minister, Liew Vui Keong, said on Thursday that there will be a moratorium on the executions of inmates who are in that situation.

The bill to abolish the death penalty will be submitted to the parliament on Monday, Liew stated.