A letter to Workers’ Party, from SADPC and We Believe in Second Chances
May 23, 2011, 11:30 pm
Filed under: Singapore, Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign

20 May 2011

Dear Workers’ Party,

We wish to send our congratulations to the Workers’ Party of Singapore for having 6 of your members elected into the Parliament. It is indeed a good sign of the party’s progress.

May you continue your good work and be successful in fulfilling your promises of being the alternative voices for Singaporeans.

We are very heartened to know that the you have included the abolishment of the Mandatory Death Penalty (MDP) in your manifesto and we hope that you will be able to raise the issue of the existing MDP in Parliament within the next 5 years and help to initiate a re-examination into the alternative ways to deal with drug related crimes that result in the passing of the mandatory death sentence.

In addition to that, we would like to highlight to you about the case of a 27 year old Singaporean women who is currently sitting on death row in Malaysia.

Noor Atiqah M. Lasim was sentenced to death on 18 March 2011 at Shah Alam High Court after being found guilty of 342.1 grammes of heroin and 30.3 grammes of monoacethyl. According to her statement, the bag in which the drugs were found did not belong to her. Her sentence resonates with many others who were similarly tricked into becoming unknowing drug mules by the Nigerian drug syndicates, whose presence in Singapore has been acknowledged by the Central Narcotics Bureau.

As she is a single mother who is also a constituent of Aljunied GRC, we would like to seek your help on behalf of the family to see what can be done for Atiqah. If it is possible, can we arrange for a meeting between representatives of both campaign groups as well as the representatives of the family and the MPs of Aljunied GRC, to discuss upon the case of Noor Atiqah?

We do understand that you have many tasks on hand upon taking over the constituency so we are willing to wait for the earliest possible date that is convenient for you to meet us. Do advise us on the possibility of such a meeting, and we hope to hear from you soon!

Once again, we thank you for standing up to be the alternative voice of Singaporeans and your entry to Parliament is a cause for celebration to us.

Yours sincerely,

Rachel Zeng
Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC)

Kirsten Han
We Believe in Second Chances


3 Comments so far
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Good Job, keep it up.
I can’t post on FB, my accounts stuffed. Must be the ISD, too scared of me getting involved.

Anyway wanted to answer your Qs.
Survey questions:
1. When did you first heard of the term Mandatory Death Penalty?
2. What do you know about it?
3. What do you agree/ disagree about it?
Please be frank, because I need the public opinion for SADPC’s next project. Thanks!

1) All the while i think, from young, but I think along the way when life imprisonment got changed to real life from 12yrs, around that time they changed the Death Penalty to Mandatory Death Penalty.

It hit hard in 1998, when a former neighbour, a slightly low IQ boy, with a metal rod in his head got hanged. He had the metal rod because he was injured while he was a baby, thus the low IQ.
Friends still remember what clothes he wanted to wear and what pictures he wanted to be left on his coffin.He used to sleep outside my home’s sofa, because his mum wouldn’t open the door to let him in late.I honestly thought he’ll be pardoned because of his mental condition, still can’t believe the system hanged HIM(Nazeer was hanged sometime in 2001 or 02).

2)A fair bit, I reckon.
3)I think the Mandatory should be taken off and judges should be allowed to have the final say, in accordance to the case facts.
There should be extensive investigative work, when it comes to such cases, the police should not leave any stones unturned, if they do then the prosecution should push for it and not the defence counsels. The judges should push for it too, since the system has enough resources to get a proper job done.

I think for hard drug traffickers, they should be dealt with strongly once proven. It certainly does destroy many lifes and also their families.

I hope it helps.Cheers

Comment by Raj

alright then, let the judges give all the drug convicts lenient sentences so that the drug convicts can continue to sell more drugs in S’pore.

Comment by msia news

Do you understand what MDP is all about?

Hey and by the way, you can hang every drug mule that comes, whether they know about the drugs they are carrying or not but the drug trade won’t die. Know why? This is because most of the masterminds behind such drug syndicates often go unarrested or are being imprisoned while the people they have made used of are being hanged.

Seriously, it is naive to think that the problem lies in the drug mules. There are many ways to advocate against drug addiction. Hanging people is merely a lazy way to ‘solve the problem’ which in fact does nothing to solve it at all.

Comment by rachelabsinthe

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