Vui Kong, we care (photo and updates)
December 7, 2009, 1:05 am
Filed under: By Rachel Zeng, Events, Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

We would like to thank everyone who came forward to participate in this photo taking session with us on Sunday. It was really motivating for the organisers to see such a show of support despite it being a last minute thing with only a day of notification.

When we met up with the elder brother of Yong Vui Kong later in the evening to pass him the money collected to help them out with their expenses during their stay here, he expressed that he was touched by the gesture and the show of support. He was very thankful and kept thanking us on the behalf of the family.

During my conversation with him, I asked again about how his mother is coping. He said,

“Vui Kong made my mother promise that she will forget him because he had committed such a serious crime and will be sent away. He told her that she won’t be able to see him again…”

I did not know what to say, I just felt so sad. It is so sad that I know it will stay in my mind for a long, long time if not forever.

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having friends whose lives were destroyed by drugs, i supported the death penalty for drug traffickers, but having read vui kong’s case, i feel that he’s being made a scapegoat.

Comment by koko

Many drug mules were scapegoats either without their knowledge, desperate for quick money or were naive enough to believe that they were not doing anything seriously wrong.

Strangely the Singaporean Government reweighed the amount of drugs carried by that German girl (Julia Bowles was her name I think) because of the threat by the German government when she brought drugs into the country a few years back with the intentions to do so and was spared.

Strangely (once again), why is it that the drug lords (Lo Hsing Han and Steve Law) from Burma who are living in Singapore have not been sent to the gallows yet when it is a very well known fact that they own opium fields back home in Burma?

Drug taking is a choice, nobody can force another to consume drugs. With demand, comes supply. Obviously all of us are aware about the the consequences of drug abuse but some still choose to take that route. We give them chances to rehabilitate, why not the drug mules too?

Same thing, no?

Comment by rachelabsinthe

Interesting that the German government had more influence than the Australian government.

Comment by twasher

Another point that should be made is also that putting a drug mule to death versus giving him a life sentence has the same direct effect on the supply of drugs — it removes one more [easily replaceable] link in the supply chain. The only way in which a death sentence might reduce the supply more than a life sentence would be through indirect means — if it has a greater deterrent effect on potential drug mules. But there is no evidence that death sentences serve as a better deterrent.

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Comment by George

Hmm… maybe you would like to elaborate what you consider immoral? Our show of concern towards Yong Vui Kong or the state hanging?

Comment by rachelabsinthe

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Was there an outcome from Tuesday’s appeal at the Supreme court?

Comment by Merv

Court of Appeal granted Yong a second stay of execution.

Comment by rachelabsinthe

You’re doing a fabulous job here, Rachel, thank you. Yong Vui Kong’s case has the power to shift the mandatory death penalty mindset because his is a classic case of a misguided youth who never had a real childhood because of poverty and a broken family. For the state to deprive this 21-year-old of his life for taking a few “wrong turns” would be so monstrous it would forfeit its moral standing in the eyes of most decent humans.

Comment by Antares

Thank you for the encouraging words Antares. 🙂

I am not in this alone and working with the campaigners and seeing Ravi’s tireless dedication has really inspired me to do more. I owe it all to them.

Comment by rachelabsinthe

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Racehl, some time ago, TODAY stated that Yong told his mother that he was going away to be a monk. I can’t remember the exact words, but it does seem to contradict the version here.

Can you clarify?

Comment by jem

Hi Jem,

That was kind of like a literal translation of what the brother mentioned to me that day. Yes, he also told the mother he would be sent away to follow the monks to learn more about the way of the Buddha as a form of repentance and as a result, she won’t see him ever again.

Hope this clarifies the point. 🙂


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I still remember Tochi…

Comment by Elljay

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