Death Penalty in Malaysia Is Over for 11 Serious Crimes

Malaysia: Death Penalty for 11 Serious Crimes to be Abolished

The Malaysian parliament has swung the vote to abolish the mandatory death penalty for 11 crimes considered serious, including murder and terrorism.

In a Dewan Rakyat session last April 3, lawmakers passed expansive reforms that also removed natural-life prison sentences. The move spared at least 1,300 prisoners currently on death row, several media outlets reported.

Ramkarpal Singh, Malaysia’s deputy law minister, said in a report by Bernama that flogging, as well as imprisonment of up to 40 years, should be enough punishment for the crimes mentioned upon the tabling of the “Abolition of Mandatory Death Penalty Bill 2023.”

Deputy Minister Singh said capital punishment didn’t do one of its intended goals, which is to prevent criminal activities in the first place. “The death penalty has not brought the results it was intended to bring,” he was quoted as saying in a report by BBC.

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