Urgent:M’sian Teenage Offender To be Hanged on 11 of Dec

singapore DP Yong Vui Kong received a stay of execution on 3 December, but is now scheduled for execution on 11 December. His appeal will be heard by the Court of Appeals on 8 December.

Yong Vui Kong’s lawyer has appealed on the grounds that the mandatory death sentence for drug-trafficking, which is set out in the Misuse of Drugs Act, is unconstitutional, and therefore his case should be referred back to the trial judge for “reconsideration.”

The appeal was due to be heard by a three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals on 2 December, but only one judge was present, so the court had to grant a stay of execution. The court, which rejected an earlier appeal against Yong Vui Kong’s death sentence, is now due to hear his latest appeal on 8 December.

The President of Singapore rejected Yong Vui Kong’s petition for clemency on 1 December.

PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in English, Mandarin or your own language:

  • Urging the president to reconsider Yong Vui Kong’s clemency petition and commute his death sentence;
  • Expressing concern that because the death penalty is mandatory for drug-trafficking offences, the court that sentenced Yong Vui Kong to death had no discretion to sentence him to an alternative punishment;
  • Calling on the president to introduce a moratorium on executions, with a view to complete abolition of the death penalty.

 PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 11 DECEMBER 2009 TO:

President

His Excellency SR Nathan
Office of the President
Istana, Orchard Road
Singapore 0922Fax: +65 6735 3135
Email: s_r_nathan@istana.gov.sg

Salutation: Your Excellency 
 
 And copies to:

Newspaper

Editor-in-Chief
The Straits Times
1000 Toa Payoh North
News Centre,
Singapore 318994Fax: +65 6319 8282
Email: : stonline@sph.com.sg

Or

H.E. T Jasudasen High Commissioner
HIGH COMMISSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE
209, Jalan Tun Razak 50400 Kuala Lumpur
E- mail : singhc_kul@sgmfa.gov.my
Fax : 603-2161 6343/2163 4875

 Additional Information

The authorities in Singapore do not release any information about the use of the death penalty in the country. At least one person is known to have been hanged so far in 2009, and at least three sentenced to death; in 2008, at least one person was hanged and five sentenced to death. The true figures are likely to be higher. The government has always maintained that the death penalty is not a human rights issue, and consistently lobbied other nations against the abolition of the death penalty. 

All capital cases are tried by the High Court; convicted prisoners can appeal, and if they are unsuccessful they can apply to the president for clemency. President Nathan, who has been in power since 1999, is not known to have granted clemency to any condemned prisoner.

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21 Comments on “Urgent:M’sian Teenage Offender To be Hanged on 11 of Dec”

  1. clarissa Says:

    The commissionner’s email address bounced back.

    • aimalaysia Says:

      Thanks for the response.The email address might be placed with a filter system though it was working fine few weeks back.We will check on it and try to find alternative links.In the meanwhile.Please write to the President’s email and forward this urgent appeal to your network and friends.Thank You.

      Amnesty Int M’sia

  2. Ding Toy Huah Says:

    To forgive is divine.
    He was but a teenager at the time.

  3. Antares Says:

    Overzealous control freaks in government are a far greater menace to society than any drug dealer could ever be. In the first instance, simply by decriminalizing all drugs the profitability factor of manufacturing and selling drugs will swiftly take a plunge (the more illegal a substance, the higher the street value) and those already addicted will at least be able to sustain their habits without resorting to crime and thereby losing self-esteem; so that when they eventually decide to opt out of their addictive patterns, the healing process will be far easier and less painful. End of the day, every drug addict is somebody’s beloved child. What’s the point of asserting control of human behavior at the price of losing one’s soul and one’s humanity in the process?

  4. Gene Yakub Says:

    If there has been a misdemeanour, there is a prison sentence for punishment and repaying a debt to society. In all religions and philosophies all over the world, we are not given the right to take a life for any reason at all. The President and Government of Singapore must surely follow a religion or a philosophy, so how do any of them justify such an act? Killing people means killing people..murder in anger and executing by law are no different…they both involve killing a fellow human being. This young man must be allowed to live his life according to the laws of nature, not according to the laws of human beings. That is in accordance with the supreme law of Creation.


  5. YO! YO!

    How do you sleep at night knowing that you sentenced people to death?? and don’t say the law. it just sits there. 0_0

  6. Fats Silven Says:

    Oh please.. give the kid a chance.

  7. angela Says:

    please reconsider your decision this is a human resource we are about to exterminate . i believe reforming does not have to be death because we need to give him the chance to proove himself through his changed life

  8. Anna Says:

    everyone deserves a second chance,we human dont have the power to judge him by death sentence.. how many people have committed greater crimes but they are proven innocent beyond resonable doubts yet the thruth remains that they are guilty and they are let free..
    The youth should be a given another chance by punishing him with few years to jail but not death sentence..

    • aimalaysia Says:

      Dear Friends

      Update: We just received the news from the Think Centre,Singapore that the execution of of M’sian teenage offender Yong Vui Kong that were scheduled for the 11 of December is now postponed.

      The Court of Appeal today grants Yong Vui Kong an extension of time to have his appeal heard. After hearing arguments from both sides, the three judges agreed with his lawyer, Mr M Ravi, that Yong had a right to have his appeal considered by the courts. When this will take place is yet to be decided. It is believed that it will take place in about 2 months.

      In the meantime, Yong, who was originally scheduled to be hanged last Friday, will not face execution until after the Court of Appeal has heard
      his appeal.

      Amnesty International would like to thank everyone who sent appeals for Yong’s Clemency and who worked on this case.We will update everyone on the progress of Vong’s Appeal and further action accordingly.

      Please share this news among your friends and network


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  12. Markus Wells Says:

    I emailed the following this morning:

    Subject: Your Opinion on our Headline Required

    Your Excellency,

    My Name is Mark Wells and I am the General Editor of World Poverty and Human Rights Online(http://wphr.org). I write today to request that you consider granting Clemency for Yong Vui Kong.

    While I recognize the need to maintain order in a country / city state such as yours, Mandatory executions are a little on the barbaric side. Actually a LOT on the barbaric side, and are clearly a human rights violation.

    I am preparing to write an article for my publication. Would you like the headline to read “Singapore President Upholds Human Rights” or “Singapore President Continues Human Rights Violations?”

    Sincerely,

    Mark Wells, MM
    General Editor
    WPHR.org

    • aimalaysia Says:

      Dear Friends

      Update: We just received the news from the Think Centre,Singapore that the execution of of M’sian teenage offender Yong Vui Kong that were scheduled for the 11 of December is now postponed.

      The Court of Appeal today grants Yong Vui Kong an extension of time to have his appeal heard. After hearing arguments from both sides, the three judges agreed with his lawyer, Mr M Ravi, that Yong had a right to have his appeal considered by the courts. When this will take place is yet to be decided. It is believed that it will take place in about 2 months.

      In the meantime, Yong, who was originally scheduled to be hanged last Friday, will not face execution until after the Court of Appeal has heard
      his appeal.

      Amnesty International would like to thank everyone who sent appeals for Yong’s Clemency and who worked on this case.We will update everyone on the progress of Vong’s Appeal and further action accordingly.

      Please share this news among your friends and network

      Thank You
      K.Shan
      Amnesty Int Malaysia


  13. Dear Sir,
    Please give this child a chance (who is a man now)in this forgiveness of yours and your colleague I belief in faith there will be repentance from him and realization on his part, believing he would be a better citizen to the country and fellow being.
    God will truly Bless you and all around you.

  14. Sapana Says:

    Please let him live. What kind of punishment ! he can’t even stay alive to regret for what he did. Please, please, please,Please, please, please, Please, please, please, Please, please, please, Please, please, please, Please, please, please, Please, please, please, Please, please, please grant him life !

  15. raju Says:

    please find out some execulisive way to abolish or eradicate the terrible news “hanging the teenage , he is not look like a professional smuglor, he is just teen and he dont know how the life going on as well in terms of arrest, may be someone play the role to accused him or something happened wth him or somone wanna take revenge from him,,,,,,,,,,,,, singapore gov must think in this matter, i would like to request plz give him a chance to survive and see this beautiful world or suppose he did really a crime eventhough give him life sentence but dont hang him, he can be a biblical person and may inprove his life not to involve again also…..

    its my heartly urge
    please for god shake

  16. Rob Says:

    In what world are we living in…., this is just a 21 yr old kid that has made a mistake. Let him pay for it, if this is a crime in your country but capital punishment is simply not the way to go.

  17. kiru Says:

    There should be some other way to punish him.


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