The Malaysian government has made a decision to abolish the death penalty and a proposed Bill is expected to be tabled at the next parliament sitting, local media reported on Wednesday (Oct 10).
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"I hope the law will be amended soon", he told AFP news agency.
In Malaysia, the death penalty carried out by hanging is mandatory for crimes such as murder with intent to kill, for trafficking excessive amounts of drugs and possession of firearms.
Human Rights Watch hailed the "fabulous news", with its deputy director for Asia Phil Robertson saying the move would increase pressure on other countries in the region to follow suit.
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The government's announcement was "an encouraging sign", Amnesty International's Kumi Naidoo said in a statement.
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Between 2007 and 2017, 35 individuals faced the gallows.
Mr Gilmour said there was "far too much secrecy, and it's quite indicative of the fact that although many countries are giving up the practice".
Lawyers for Liberty also welcomed the government's decision. There has been continuous calls by local and global NGOs like Amnesty worldwide and SUHAKAM (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) for such laws to be repealed as it has been subject to abuse by the executive power against its critics such as politicians who oppose the elected government, activists, journalists and even writers.
Surendran urged the government to not forget the hundreds of Malaysians who are languishing on death row in Singapore and other countries, particularly for being drug mules.
"The death penalty will also be imposed on those convicted of premeditated murder", the party says in its Safety and Security policy.