Wrestling with the Death Penalty
The shrewd observer would sense that the picture by those opposing the death penalty is not painted well. Firstly, those against capital punishment say that it is an inhumane retribution and are all out to save Yong Vui Kong, who trafficked in drugs knowing the draconian and harsh penalties for being prosecuted. The death penalty in Singapore for drug trafficking has its precedence and Vui Kong cannot use ignorance as his defence, sound mind that he is.
Yet the same group canvassing for signatures at Speakers’ Corner are deathly silent about saving Galing Kujat and Jabing Kho who bashed to death their robbery victim. Unless those against capital punishment are using the foot-in-the-door strategy that they will try to save drug traffickers now but not murderers – too bad for the latter as they deserve the death penalty.
But that ironically condemns the death penalty campaign. The likes of the SADPC still support it and are being selective quiet about it instead. What is the TOC’s stand on the death penalty which seems very confusingly double standards on mercy now I ask, and you should too.
Aug 2, 2010
Petition against penalty
By Zakir Hussain
ABOUT 140 people gathered at Speakers’ Corner in Hong Lim Park on Sunday to sign a petition to spare convicted Malaysian drug trafficker Yong Vui Kong from the gallows.
The signatures will be pooled with 12,000 already collected by the Save Vui Kong Campaign in Malaysia, and submitted to President S R Nathan this month.
Yong, 22, was convicted by the High Court on Nov 14, 2008, of trafficking in 47.27g of heroin. The death penalty is mandatory for trafficking 15g or more of the drug.
The Court of Appeal turned down his appeal in May, and he has till Aug 26 to file a plea for presidential clemency.
Sunday’s event at the Speakers’ Corner was organised by the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign, a loose group led by activists Seelan Palay, 26 and Rachel Zeng, 27; and by socio-political website The Online Citizen (TOC), which has called for an end to the mandatory death penalty.
TOC chief editor Andrew Loh said Yong had become repentant in prison; and argued that hanging him would not deter drug barons from finding others to do their work.
Jul 31, 2010
2 Sarawakians get death
By Selina Lum
TWO Sarawakian men who bashed to death a Chinese national while robbing him were on Friday convicted of murder and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty.
Jabing Kho had struck Mr Cao Ruyin, a construction worker, on the head with a tree branch with such force that his accomplice, Galing Kujat, saw their 40-year-old victim’s head crack open.
An autopsy found that Mr Cao suffered 14 fractures to his skull.
Justice Kan Ting Chiu, in convicting the two 26-year-olds, found that the duo had a common intention to commit robbery, and while carrying out that crime, Jabing intentionally inflicted head injuries on Mr Cao, which were sufficient to cause death.
On the night of Feb 17, 2008, Mr Cao and another Chinese worker, Mr Wu Jun, were walking along Geylang Drive when they were set upon by Galing and Jabing.
Mr Cao, who was robbed of his mobile phone, died from serious injuries to his brain six days later, while Mr Wu escaped with minor injuries.