By Conor Coyle

Drugs offences in Malaysia will no longer be hit with an automatic death sentence, as the country’s government plans to give more power of discretion to the courts system.

The country’s cabinet took the decision after a review of the country’s drug legislation and the recommendation of attorney general Mohamed Apandi Ali to loosen the punishments.

Malaysia will still carry the death penalty for other serious offences such as murder and gun crime.

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