The Online Citizen: There must be room for mercy
Update: A report on the Save Vui Kong Campaign,
1 Aug 2010, Speakers' Corner, Singapore
SADPC & TOC to take to Speakers’ Corner – 1 August
It’s been three years since then-19-year old Vui Kong was sentenced to death in Singapore.
He’s been sitting on death row since 2007 at Changi Prison awaiting the day he would be hanged.
For someone so young, that in itself is torture.
His family, particularly his brother Yun Leong and sister Vui Fung [picture right, campaigning in Sabah], has been campaigning tirelessly for Vui Kong’s sentence to be commuted and he be given a second chance.
The Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) and The Online Citizen (TOC) lend our voices to the plea.
We would like to ask you, our readers and your friends, to help support the call as well.
SADPC and TOC will be holding a petition signing event at Speakers Corner on 1 August to garner signatures to appeal to the president to grant Vui Kong a reprieve. The signatures collected will be sent to the campaign in Malaysia to be delivered eventually to the president of Singapore, Mr SR Nathan.
Besides the signing of the petition, participants will also be able to say a message of support which will be recorded on video. We will use these for a second campaign clip. [Here's our first campaign video.]
Please do give an hour or so of your time to lend your voice to Vui Kong’s family and to Vui Kong who cannot speak for himself as he sits alone on death row.
The details of the event are as follow:
Event: Give Vui Kong A Second Chance
Date: 1 August 2010
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Venue: Speakers Corner (Hong Lim Park)
How to get there: Take the NEL to Clark Quay MRT station and use Exit “A”. It’ll bring you directly into Speakers Corner.
- Petition-signing, an appeal to the president of Singapore to grant Vui Kong’s clemency appeal.
- Announcement of continuation of Facebook photo project
- Recording of messages on video from participants
- Short speeches
- Taking of a group photo (6pm)
The clemency appeal must be submitted to the president by 26 August. And depending on how the president decides, Vui Kong could be hanged anytime after that.
This could be the final opportunity for us to do something to save Vui Kong.
Please come join us this Sunday.
*In the meantime, please sign the online petition here.