113 laws need to be updated, including on the death penalty, says Liew

PETALING JAYA: A total of 113 laws will need to be repealed, amended or drafted including the laws related to the death penalty, said Datuk Liew Vui Keong.

“Part of these laws in the proposed list will be tabled in the current parliament session and the next one,” the de facto law Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department said on Wednesday (Oct 24).

“The remaining parts of the laws will be tabled according to the timeline which will be decided by respective ministries,” he said in a statement.

The proposed list includes the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 [Act 234], Sedition Act 1948, The Prevention of Crime Act 1959, The Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015, all laws related to the death penalty, National Security Council Act 2016, Law Reform (Marriage and Divorce) Act 1976 (marriage age limit), among others.

Liew said the list is the outcome of several briefings including one attended by representatives from all ministries on Oct 4, another session attended by ministers and deputy ministers on Tuesday (Oct 23), and a meeting with the Backbenchers Council on Wednesday (Oct 24).

“The proposed list is to determine the need for these laws to be repealed, amended or drafted, based on Pakatan Harapan’s (election) manifesto and the the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan,” he said.

Liew said the proposed list was not final and will be updated from time to time.