Malaysia to abolish death penalty

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said on Thursday, with more than 1,200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment.
Capital punishment is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes, and is carried out by hanging — a legacy of British colonial rule.
Communications and multimedia minister Gobind Singh Deo confirmed the cabinet had resolved to end the death penalty.
“I hope the law will be amended soon,” he told AFP.The government decided to scrap capital punishment because the Malaysian public had shown they were against the death penalty, Gobind said.—AP

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