Final court appeal for Yong Vui Kong
December 1, 2009, 11:44 pm
Filed under: Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

M Ravi, legal counsel for Yong Vui Kong, will make a final court appeal for Yong come tomorrow morning. Yong’s execution will take place at dawn this coming Friday. As the Court of Appeal is on vacation, only one judge will preside over the hearing instead of the usual three. Details are as follows:

Date: 2nd Dec 2009

Time: 10 am

Location: High Court 6D

I would like to make a personal appeal for people who care about this issue to show up in court to lend your support to M Ravi, who has been working hard on this as well Yong and his family. His mother is now aware of his impending execution as Yong’s siblings could not bear to deny Yong one last chance of seeing her so they flew her to Singapore and broke the news to her today. At this point of time, all parties involved in this case (family, lawyer and campaigners) do need your support as it has reached a very emotional point. Although I am not able to be there in person because my leave application was not approved, I hope that the courtroom will be filled with supporters of the campaign.

This boy is only 21. He should be given a second chance.


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[…] November 30, 2009 by Jacob 69er Dec 1 update: Lawyers for Yong Vui Kong will be making a final appeal to save the latter from the hangman’s noose which is scheduled for 4 Dec (Fri). Lawyer M. Ravi will appear before Judge Woo Bih Li at 10am tomorrow, 2 Dec, at Level 6, Court 6D at the Supreme Court bldg. See here for directions. Read also Rachel’s blog post here. […]

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In times like this, you need divine help. Here is an excerpt from the “Pu Men Pin” on how the Bodhisattva saved lives (if you need a full English version copy, free of charge, just email me):
In the year of Tai-Ping, Zhen-Jun during the reign of the Northern Wei Dynasty, there was a brave hero in the state of Ding. His name was Soon Jin-de. He was ordered to guard the border. He brought along a Sagely Image of Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa and made obeisance to her in the morning and at night. Unfortunately during a battle at the border, Soon Jin-de was surrounded by the enemies and was caught by Yi-di. (This race stayed at that border at that time). He was sentenced to death by having his head chopped off. Soon Jin-de said “Ai! I really did not want to die like this. May the Bodhisattva Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa help me please…. ” He recited “Na mo ta chi Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa, Na Mo Ta Chi Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa….” That night, in an unconscious state, Soon Jin-de had a dream that he saw a monk and told him “Soon Jin-de, do not be worried, please. I’m here to teach you to recite the Sutra of Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa who saves lives. The Sutra of saving lives is known as ‘The High King Guan Shi Yin Sutra'”. Soon Jin-de said “Yes, master”. The monk said, ” I know that you are very loyal to your country and have tried your best to repay the kindness of your country. Besides you have also moulded the images of Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa for others to pay respect. Without you knowing, you have accrued immense merits and virtues. So, Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa will surely protect you. Calm down your mind and do not give rise to false thoughts. Try to be mindful of the Bodhisattva respectfully and whole heartedly. You must recite a thousand times before morning. Soon Jin-de said “…. The High King Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa is able to save people from suffering and disaster. During emergencies and calamities, the dead would return to life. All Buddhas never speak falsely, so I must make obeisance to them. If a man can recite a thousand times, all his heavy offences would be eradicated. Those with little blessing would never believe this. So the Sutra is for those who could firmly receive and uphold the Sutras. …..” The next morning, when he woke from the dream, he had already recited a full thousand times. He was still reciting the Sutra continously at the verge of execution. The execution guard ordered Soon Jin-de to kneel down at the execution ground. As the guard perform the head-chopping, the sword broke into pieces just before it reaches the neck of Soon Jin-de. The guard attempted the head-chopping 3 times and the same thing happened. The execution team decided “We have tried 3 swords but are still unable to kill him. We should not kill this man. Release him!” As soon as Soon Jin-de returned to his camp, he quickly lit incense and made obeisance to Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa. He was shock to discover that there were 3 scars left by knife-cuts on the neck of the Sagely Image of Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa. The name ‘Lapis-lazuli Guan Yin’ then spread widely in the world.
Here is an excerpt from ‘Pu Men Pin’,:-
“If you are on the verge of execution,
Sentenced by the State, condemned to die,
Evoke the strength of Guan Yin Bodhisattva,
The sword will break to pieces just in time.”

Comment by Sue Kam

OK, on the previous appeal only one judge
is available.Did M Ravi file another appeal since it is 2010 already?If he did, when is
the next hearing?

Comment by Punisher

Hi there, sorry for my late response. Was really bogged down with work and many things happening offline.

An appeal to grant Yong a chance to appeal was heard by the Court of Appeal and Yong was granted another stay of execution so that it could be heard. If I am not wrong, 15 March will be the date whereby they will decide further on the date of hearing.

Comment by rachelabsinthe

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