Latest: Singapore single mother awaits death row in Malaysia for drug trafficking. On the pretext of a business trip to China, Iqah was handed a suitcase containing heroin arranged by her Nigerian boyfriend and was arrested by Malaysian Immigration. A campaign is underway to raise funds for the appeal. To find out more, read

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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Friday, July 23, 2010

sgdeathpenalty petitions to the Singapore President for clemency

Yong Vui Kong was just six months above the legal age where mandatory death is applicable for drug offences.

"The court recognises that the mandatory death penalty 
is a cruel, degrading and inhumane punishment," 
- Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong

Petition # 5120: 

Dear President, do consider for a moment that Vui Kong was just barely 19 years old when he was arrested for drug possession.

 Trial Judge Choo han Teck had the compassion to consider Vui Kong's mitigating factor, but did not have the legal authority to grant him a less heavy form of punishment. This is evident when he summoned both prosecution and defence lawyers to chambers and asked of the prosecution could consider reucing the charge given the young age of Yong Vui Kong. The prosecution declined and the death sentence was handed to Vui Kong. 

Also, do consider Vui Kong's capacity for repentance, and the potential contributions he will give to society in future after you grant him pardon and a new leash of life. We urge the Istana to take a maganimous approach in Vui Kong's case given the background circumstances which Vui Kong faced as a child. The lack of access to proper education must have played a major role in which Vui Kong took the wrong path and ended up doing what he did.

We should recognise that the root of the problem lies not in the drug runners but the kingpins who pay these runners to do the dirty job. If Vui Kong is pardoned, he not only would make good his contribution to society, he can also help to pull people who are once like him out from the ruinous and dangerous path of drug trafficking. 

Vui Kong last safety net lies in your hand, and we Singaporeans believe that you have the power to put proper what our laws were not not able to do.


The petition has currently gathered over 5000 signatures. Sign the petition here.

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