“Why would he go to his death so willingly?” – Father of man on death row
March 30, 2011, 1:01 am
Filed under: News Articles, Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

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“My son loves to help people,” Cheong Kah Pin tells The Online Citizen.

In fact, he believes that it is this willingness to help others that has led his son Cheong Chun Yin to where he is today – on death row in Changi Prison.

On 16 June 2008, 24-year-old Cheong Chun Yin (known to his family as “Ah Yan”) was arrested as he was getting off a taxi on Arab Street. He, together with 55-year-old Malaysian Pang Siew Fum, was charged for drug trafficking.

A suitcase that Cheong had passed to Pang at Changi Airport was found to contain 2.726kg of heroin hidden in a false bottom.

To find out more, click here.



Iqah’s story – The single mum who became an unwitting drug mule
March 30, 2011, 12:52 am
Filed under: Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) – Last Thursday, we visited the family and close friends of Noor Atiqah M. Lasim, a 27 year old Singaporean who was recently sentenced to death by Shah Alam’s High Court on 18 March 2011.

This is the story of Noor Atiqah, otherwise known affectionately as Iqah to her family and friends.

The beginning of the end

It was at a club in Clarke Quay around June 2008 that Iqah had her first contact with Valentine, the Nigerian who eventually led her to the state she is in today. The two started seeing each other in August the same year. Shortly after, Valentine suggested setting up a fashion business together and they planned to embark on sourcing trips to China. It certainly sounded like a good idea to Iqah, as she was hoping that the business will help to bring about a better life for her family.

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A vacation gone wrong

In December 2008, Iqah traveled to Kuala Lumpur by bus with a long time friend, with the intention to celebrate New Year’s Day. During her stay there, she received a call from Frank, who she had met in Shenzhen. Frank informed her that samples were ready and made a request for her to collect them.

Iqah refused, as she could not afford to fly to Shenzhen on such a short notice. However Frank was insistent. He promised her USD$500 upon reaching Shenzhen as well as USD$200 for her expenses in Malaysia. Eventually Iqah agreed and Frank arranged for her to meet up with Emeka, a Ghanaian, at McDonalds in Petaling Street.

When they met on 3 Jan 2009, Emeka passed Iqah a blue luggage along with a budget flight ticket to Shenzhen. Puzzled, Iqah inquired the purpose of the luggage. Emeka then informed her that the luggage was for her to store the samples.

On 5 Jan 2009, while going through the immigrations at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal in Kuala Lumpur, she was requested to have her luggage through the scanner twice. She then cooperated when asked to open her luggage for inspection, and the rest was history.

342.1 grammes of heroin and 30.3 grammes of monoacethyl were found in a brown enveloped, cleverly concealed in the luggage given to her by Emeka.

“We believe that Iqah is innocent.”

Iqah had spent time in prison since then and hence separated from her daughter. More than 2 years have passed since mother and daughter have met.

Before the final hearing on 18 March this year, her siblings were hopeful that she will be acquitted because they believe that she is innocent.

However, they were met with a shock when Judge Noor Azian Shaari delivered her sentence at Shah Alam High Court.

Among themselves, they have started a campaign for Iqah. The campaign aims to raise funds for a second legal opinion as well as to spread the word about the case. Please visit the blog to find out more about how you can help.

Save Atiqah

 



Save Atiqah: Flea Market 27th March
March 27, 2011, 3:54 am
Filed under: Announcements, Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

Hi everyone, the family and friends of Noor Atiqah, the 27 year old single mother who was recently sentenced to death for being a drug mule in Malaysia, will be raising funds for her legal fees tomorrow. Details can be found below, please do drop by if you can!

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Time:11am to 6pm
Add : Hougang St 61 Park. (Opp blk 686)

All proceeds go to the SAVEATIQAH fund.

See you there!



Let the carrot sweeten the hearts and minds?
March 24, 2011, 1:38 am
Filed under: By Rachel Zeng, News Articles, Singapore

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This is an excerpt from “Parliament sits on April 11; polls by month’s end?”, 23rd March 2011, The Straits Times

“Veteran MP Charles Chong feels an election in mid-May would align better with the goodies announced in this year’s Budget, like the $1.5 billion worth of “growth dividends”.

Singaporeans are set to receive up to $800 each in dividends by May 1.

“The election should be after they get the cash, and before they finish spending it all!” quipped the MP for Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC.

Oh I see.



Please help our friend Atiqah
March 24, 2011, 12:30 am
Filed under: Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

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“On new year 2009, she receive a strange call from China requesting her to fly over and pick up the textile. Normally the manufacturer would contact her friend. However, in this instance, the manufacturer claimed her friend was uncontactable and was comfortable working with iqah seeing she has been to the factory and meet him in person. She agreed and the manufacturer has arrange for his contact to meet Iqah in Malaysia to pass her the travel allowance. Upon meeting the contact, a Ghana national, he gave her a luggage bag to bring to China so that she has space to pack the textiles back home.This luggage was the trap. Inside this bag,was an envelope which well hidden that it wasnt detected on the 1st scan,what more by Iqah. Unknowingly, she was made a mule,a scapegoat.The rest is history.”

To read more, please click here to visit the blog set up by Noor Atiqah’s friends.



Statement by SADPC on Shah Alam High Court’s decision to sentence Singaporean to death
March 22, 2011, 4:07 pm
Filed under: Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

22 March 2011 

The Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) wishes to express our utmost disappontment at Shah Alam High Court’s decision to sentence Noor Atiqah M. Lasim to death for drug trafficking.

Noor Atiqah, a 27 year old single mother of a 6 year old girl from Singapore, was found in possession of 342.1 grammes of heroin and 30.3 grammes of monoacethyl morphine at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) on Jan 5, 2009. According to her statement as reported by the media, she claimed that the bag containing the drugs did not belong to her.

We will like to reiterate our stand against the use of the death penalty as a punishment against crimes. We implore the High Court of Shah Alam to look into this matter again, especially so when the result of the sentencing will be irreversible, leaving a young child without her mother.

Thank you.

Rachel Zeng,
Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC)



Time for Change
March 21, 2011, 1:27 pm
Filed under: Singapore Democratic Party

Here is a video by the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP). Enjoy!