In a major decision, the Malaysian cabinet decided to abolish the death penalty.
This is of immediate relief to more than 1,200 people on death row.
It need be mentioned that capital punishment is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking.
The government said that amended law would be put before parliament next Monday.
A Malaysian court last year ruled the case could proceed against Indonesian national Siti Aisyah and Doan Thi Huong of Vietnam after Kim Jong Nam’s murder at Kuala Lumpur Airport.
Neighbouring Singapore, also a former British colony, maintains the death penalty for certain crimes such as murder and drug trafficking.>