Minister of Justice: Decision on the abrogation of the death penalty after the presentation of the conclusions of a special commission | Malaysia

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Minister in the Department of Prime Minister (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar during a press conference after attending the Dewan Negara conference in Parliament on December 23, 2021. – Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 – The government will decide on the proposal to repeal the death penalty once the special committee formed two years ago to study the issue presents its findings, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has said.

The Minister of the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) said the committee was expected to submit its findings soon.

“There have been repeated calls for the abolition of the death penalty. As Minister, my role is to assess the deterrent effectiveness of these penalties. We must study this thoroughly before making a decision.

“We also need to see if rehabilitating convicts, if possible, would be the best option, and in the best interests of society as a whole,” he said.

He added that the government-aligned study aims to rehabilitate criminals, reintegrate them into their respective communities and become valuable members of society.

“If they’ve served their time, paid their dues, shown genuine remorse for what they’ve done, and been fully rehabilitated, we shouldn’t close the door on them,” he added.

Pakatan Harapan had pledged to repeal the death penalty as part of his election manifesto, but faced resistance in his efforts to do so.

In August 2019, the PH administration formed the Special Committee to Consider Alternatives to the Mandatory Death Penalty to research alternatives to the mandatory death penalty.

The PH government however collapsed in February 2020, before the bill for the abolition of the death penalty could be tabled at the March meeting of Parliament that year.

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