PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Bar has wholeheartedly welcomed the Cabinet's decision to abolish the death penalty, calling it a "clearly correct" and "conscionable decision".
President George Varughese said the Bar is ready to assist the Government in fully realising the abolition of the death penalty in Malaysia.
"Very little is achieved in having the death penalty, except to satisfy the need for revenge," he said in a statement Thursday (Oct 11), adding that it does not assure a safe and secure society.
"In a modern society, we must focus more on rehabilitation and restoration," he added.
Varughese said the Government will need to work with the federal and state Pardons Boards to ensure that the more than 1,250 convicted persons currently on death row are also spared the death penalty.
"All death sentences should be commuted to sentences of imprisonment that are proportionate to the gravity of offences committed, and take into consideration the mitigating factors and distinctive circumstances that surround each case," he said.
"Only then will the punishment meted out be both just and effective," he added.
On Wednesday (Oct 10), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the Cabinet has given the green light for the death penalty to be abolished.
The de facto law minister said amendments to the existing laws imposing the death penalty as a capital punishment would be tabled in the next Dewan Rakyat meeting.