Malaysian government agreed to abolish the mandatory death penalty

Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (pic) today announced that the government has agreed to replace the mandatory death penalty with other types of punishment. 

Wan Junaidi said the decision on the matter was reached when he presented a report on substitute sentences for the mandatory death penalty at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (June 8), NST reported.

“The government in principle took note and accepted the recommendations made by the Substitute Sentences for the Mandatory Death Penalty Task Force in their report,” Wan Junaidi was quoted as saying in a statement today.

Wan Junaidi added, the government also decided to carry on a further study on the proposal to substitute sentences for 11 offences already carrying the mandatory death penalty.

“Such action is very significant to ensure amendments to the related legislations take into consideration proportionality and the constitutionality of such principles.

“All these decisions reflect the government’s priority to ensure the rights of all quarters are protected and guaranteed.

“This also reflects the leadership of the country’s transparency to improve the criminal justice system,” Wan Junaidi said.

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