Malaysia intends to abolish the death penalty in a that human rights have welcomed. Malaysia's Law Minister said: "The death penalty will be abolished. stop." He said any planned will not be carried out. There are over 1,267 people on death row in Malaysia. They will get a reprieve. Prisoners on row will be released or have their commuted. The minister said: "They would have to face life because there had been several that were caused by the and so they were sentenced to death."
Malaysia's was hailed by Amnesty International. It said: "Malaysia must join the 106 countries who have turned their for good on the cruel, inhumane, degrading ." It added: "There is no to waste. The death penalty should have been consigned to the history long ago. Malaysia's new government has promised to deliver on rights, and today's announcement is an sign, but much more needs to be done." There are 23 countries with the death penalty. There were 993 executions recorded in 2017.