Malaysia’s lower parliament has approved legal reforms to abolish the mandatory death penalty for some capital offences, Al-Jazeera reported on Monday.
The lower chamber, known as the Dewan Rakyat, will now transmit the bill to the country’s upper chamber, called Dewan Negara, and subsequently take it to the King for signing into law.
According to Al-Jazeera’s report, under the amendments passed on Monday, by the lawmakers, alternatives to the existing death penalty include whipping and imprisonment of 30 to 40 years.
Malaysia first promised to abolish capital punishment entirely, and the country has had a moratorium on executions since 2018.
Life imprisonment sentences, defined by Malaysian law as a fixed term of 30 years, will be retained.