The government is open to hearing arguments including on abolishing the death
penalty, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Seri Mohamad Nazri
Abdul Aziz said.
He said the goverment could only amend a law based on support from the majority
of members of parliament or if there was a mass movement against it.
He said the government in the last 2 years had transformed and eliminated a
number of laws and acts that were considered incompatible with the current
"I think if you look at the last 2 years, this government has been a reformist
government. We have amended a lot of laws and abolished some which were
considered to be draconian," he said in his opening address at the University
Students Debate to Promote the Abolishment of the Death Penalty in Malaysia,
here, on Thursday.
Nazri, who is personally uncomfortable with capital punishment, said in order
for the government to reconsider, there must be a mass movement; strong
reaction from the citizens who called for the government to abolish the death
He said activists could work through their members of parliament to raise the
issue in parliament.
"I need to show the support. I need more MPs to come forward, so I can convince
the executive," he said.
Malaysia is among the last 58 countries in the world that still practises
(source: The Star)