On 10 June 2022, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that the government has agreed to abolish the mandatory death penalty and give judges discretionary powers. Since then, the Prime Minister Ismail Sabri and the Law Minister have said they will table the amendments in Parliament during the upcoming session that begins on October 3.  

We welcome these announcements as an important step toward the full abolition of the death penalty, which is the ultimate cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment. We urge the Malaysian Government & Members of Parliament to: 

  • table the amendments without delay and seize this historic opportunity to end the use of the mandatory death penalty for all crimes, as an important step towards full abolition   
  • initiate an individual review of the cases of all individuals currently on death row with a view to determining alternative sentences, and not implement a blanket decision for all cases 
  • ensure that the alternative sentences that are introduced in place of the mandatory death penalty are in line with international human rights law and standards 
  • maintain the moratorium on all executions until the death penalty is fully abolished in Malaysia. 

These announced legislative reforms represent a unique opportunity for Malaysia to make significant advances towards full abolition. Your action is needed to strongly encourage Malaysian leaders to ensure Malaysia joins the majority of countries globally in abolishing the death penalty

Click here to learn more about the use of the death penalty in Malaysia.