Malaysia's cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said Thursday, in a decision hailed by rights groups.
The penalty is exclusively carried out by hanging in Malaysia -- a legacy of British colonial rule.
"I hope the law will be amended soon," he told AFP.
The government decided to scrap capital punishment because there had been strong domestic opposition to the practice.
The decision was welcomed by rights advocates.
Once the death penalty is scrapped, Malaysia will have the moral authority to fight for the lives of Malaysians facing death sentences abroad, he added.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)