Cabinet scraps death sentence for 33 offences

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(MMO) – The Cabinet has decided that the death penalty for 33 offences under eight acts of law be abolished, and this includes Section 302 of the Penal Code (murder), said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.

He said the decision, which was reached collectively,  also encompassed the Firearms (Heavier Penalties) Act 1971; Firearms Act 1960, Kidnapping Act  1961, Armed Forces Act 1972.

Also in the list are the Water Services Industries Act 2006; Strategic Trade Act 2010 and Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

“Following the Cabinet decision,  a Cabinet memorandum has been circulated to the relevant ministries for their comments and to get public feedback on it,” he said during the Question-and Answer session in the Dewan Rakyat today.