Federal Government will look into repatriating back home, Malaysians who had been sentenced to death in countries abroad. (NSTP Archive)

GEORGE TOWN: Federal Government will look into repatriating back home, Malaysians who had been sentenced to death in countries abroad.

This matter will looked into after amendment’s to abolish the death penalty is tabled in the Dewan Rakyat said Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya.

He assured that the government would come up with a solution for Malaysian facing execution abroad.

“This is in the best interest of the rakyat, we will try to do our part for our citizens through our embassy abroad.

“In some countries, similar process had been undertaken, detainees sentenced to death then they changed it (the death penalty). So we will try as well,” he said after launching the National Sports Day celebration at Sekolah Kebangsaan Jelutong here today.

He was commenting on a proposal by civil group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) which urged the government to save Malaysians from the death penalty for offences committed in countries abroad.

Recently, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong revealed that the death penalty in Malaysia would be abolished.

The amendments to the existing laws involving the death penalty, to abolish the capital punishment would be tabled in the upcoming Dewan Rakyat session.

Marzuki also said he would welcome suggestions from the non-governmental organisation’s or like-minded organisations on their views relating to abolish the death penalty.

“However everything must be done through the existing legal process, but anyone can give their suggestions.

“The government will negotiate with the countries which we have diplomatic ties,” he added.