Cabinet to decide soon on tabling proposal to scrap death penalty

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong says a decision on bringing a proposal to Parliament to abolish the death penalty will be made by the Cabinet soon.

He said the decision would be made before the Dewan Rakyat convenes next month, adding that the views of all stakeholders would be taken into account.

“We have to understand and consider the feelings of the families which have lost loved ones,” he told reporters after visiting the site of a proposed court complex in Kota Iskandar near here.

He was responding to questions on the status of the proposal to abolish the death penalty in Malaysia.

“We have to wait for the decision of the Cabinet, as one of the points of the Pakatan Harapan manifesto is to abolish the mandatory death penalty for all acts. That is the desire of the new government,” he said.

Liew also said feedback had been obtained and considered, including from the people whose family members had been murdered, prisoners and their families, as well as NGOs.

Parliament is scheduled to sit on March 11.

In October last year, the Cabinet decided to abolish the mandatory death penalty for all offences.

All death sentences have since been stayed until the abolition of the death penalty comes into effect.

The Cabinet is also considering the imposition of a minimum 30-year jail sentence if the mandatory death penalty is abolished.