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We have also heard that since Vui Kong's appeal started, there has been an unofficial stay of execution for all prisoners on death row in Changi Prison, pending the decision of the court on Yong's case. As the case has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal, we anticipate a Changi gallows bloodbath in a scale not seen since the Pulau Senang uprising in 1965 when 18 men were convicted of murder and hanged in a single Friday morning.

Singapore, which routinely persecute dissenters and critics, continue to hang young drug runners while at the same time work closely with Burmese military generals, and has invested billions in business ties with Burma, one of the biggest heroin manufacturing countries the world.


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Sunday, July 4, 2010

mkini: Emergency motion on death row case filed
Emergency motion on death row case filed

Susan Loone
Jul 4, 10

Batu MP Tian Chua (below) has filed an emergency motion for parliament on Monday to debate the case of Yong Vui Kong, a young Malaysian faced with a death sentence in Singapore.
NONEIt is a last-minute attempt by Malaysian parliamentarians, lawyers and civil society activists to try and halt Yong's execution as his clemency period ends next month.

Yong, who was only 19 when arrested for drug trafficking in 2007, had his execution in December last year halted when his lawyer M Ravi filed for a stay pending his clemency appeal.

Ravi when contacted said he is grateful for the support the parliamentarian is showing to the case, although he fears the motion may be blocked.

“This is my third round to Malaysia, I am really exhausted but am inspired by this sudden turn of events. I need all the support I can get,” he said.

Keeping case alive

Since last month, Ravi has been visiting Malaysia to highlight Yong's case to drum up public support.

However, the high-profile case in Singapore has received little attention locally, until news websites started highlighting the issue recently.

NONEThe media attention resulted in the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore visiting Yong (left in photo), now 22, in Changi prison. They tried to broker a meeting between Ravi and de facto Law Minister Nazri Aziz, but the planned meeting was eventually aborted.

No reason was cited for the about-turn.

Ravi says he has however managed to secure a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Chee Leong on Monday at the parliament premises.

Singapore, like Malaysia, calls for death penalty on drugs-related charges. Despite the island-nation's harsh laws, a German national did manage to dodge the gallows in 2002.

NONEJulia Suzanne Bohl, 23, was arrested in Singapore for possession of 687 grams of marijuana and other drugs in her apartment.

Bohl was eventually released in 2005 after laboratory tests showed the amount of pure drugs found in her apartment totaled only 281 grams - less than the 500-gram limit for marijuana which warrants the mandatory death sentence.