Source: Govt will not table Bill to abolish death penalty this Parliament meeting
PETALING JAYA: The Government has decided not to table a Bill to abolish the death penalty during this Parliament meeting, according to a source.
The source said the Cabinet decided this in a meeting on Friday (July 5) but did not elaborate why.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong had said on Thursday (July 4) that a Bill to abolish the mandatory death sentence for 11 serious offences could be tabled in Parliament next week.
The current Parliament meeting is from July 1-18.
The source said that the Bill might be referred to a parliamentary special select committee.
The death penalty is a mandatory sentence for crimes such as murder, armed robbery and offences against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Nine offences fall under the Penal Code and two under the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971.
The Government had previously pledged to abolish the death penalty altogether.
The Star has contacted Liew for his comments.
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