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.
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