Yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Liew Vui Keong revealed that the bill would likely be tabled at the next Dewan Rakyat sitting, which begins on Monday.
The cabinet has given the green light for the death penalty to be abolished.
Effective July 2018, access to full reports will only be available with a subscription. There has been continuous calls by local and global NGOs like Amnesty worldwide and SUHAKAM (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) for such laws to be repealed as it has been subject to abuse by the executive power against its critics such as politicians who oppose the elected government, activists, journalists and even writers.
More than 1,200 people are on death row in Malaysia, which mandates hanging as punishment for a wide range of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, treason, kidnapping and acts of terror.
The moratorium on the death penalty would save, among others, two women accused of assassinating the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a year ago.
And contrary to popular belief, the abolition of the death penalty does not lead to an increase in crime.
"Since we are abolishing the sentence, all executions should not be carried out", Liew said as reported by The Star.
"This is part of our election pledge and also in line with the move away from capital punishment in the rest of the world", he told The Associated Press.
19 prisoners are now on death row but due to lack of infrastructure and capacity, PNG is still not ready to implement capital punishment.
In April past year, Amnesty International ranked Malaysia 10th in the use of death penalty among the 23 countries that carried out capital punishment in 2016.
Between 2007 and 2017, 35 individuals faced the gallows.
Malaysian rights advocates welcomed the decision, saying there was never any proof that mandatory death sentences deterred offenders from violent or drug-related crimes.
"We strongly welcome the announcement by the Malaysian Government of its intention to abolish the death penalty", Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, the Swedish ambassador to Malaysia, wrote on Twitter.
The organisation said that it strongly opposed the death penalty, irrespective of the crime committed, as it was a violation of human rights.
The UN envoy noted the majority of executions today are carried out in China, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia.