Save Vui Kong from the Hangman!

Malaysians will rally on THURSDAY 26th August at 11.30a.m. at the Singapore High Commission at Kuala Lumpur, to show our solidarity with Yong who has been denied due clemency process and to demand that Singapore spare Yong from a cruel, undignified, and unjust death.

22 year old Malaysian Yong Vui Kong is facing a brutal death at the gallows of Singapore’s notorious Changi prison. He may die by this 26th August 2010, as his clemency time period expires. Yong, a Sabahan, was only 18 years old when arrested under Singapore’s harsh anti-drug laws.

On 13th August 2010, the Singapore High Court rejected Yong’s review application, thus paving the way for his hanging. Shockingly, the High Court ruled in effect that the President has no powers to grant clemency, and that it is the Cabinet that makes the decision. In one fell stroke, Yong Vui Kong has been denied due legal process.

This young Malaysian will now be executed ILLEGALLY by Singapore against all known international norms. Law Minister K. Shanmugam has already blurted out that they will not pardon Yong; the clemency process is thus another Singaporean farce.

The Malaysian government is doing nothing to save Vui Kong, apart from sending a letter requesting a pardon. No diplomatic protest has been lodged by Malaysia despite the denial of due process to Yong.

For this, the Malaysian government will be answerable to the outraged sense of justice of the Malaysian people.

Malaysians will rally on THURSDAY 26th August at 11.30a.m. at the Singapore High Commission at Kuala Lumpur, to show our solidarity with Yong and his suffering family, and to demand that Singapore spare Yong from a cruel, undignified and unjust death. Singapore must show the world that they are not a hanging nation, impervious to the pleas of compassion and the demands of our common humanity.

Issued by,

N. Surendran (012-3207066)

Latheefa Koya (012-3842972)

LAWYERS FOR LIBERTY

LB: This statement was first released here.


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7 Responses to Save Vui Kong from the Hangman!

  1. sueing

    Every human got father and mother…do not be happy and laugh to see innocent human to be killed as WE ALL KNOW KIILING AND TAKING HUMAN life is totally against humanity. WE all having children too…just because the human made LAW said killing an innocent human as for the sake protecting 3.2 million population…AS the law goes not only ONE but many many will be killed. KILLING HUMAN having greatest repercusion in life….what happen if our own children being killed, are we rejoicing to see our children killed, definitely we be feeling the same suffering like YONG VUI KONG case. IF WE CONTINUE TO TAKE INNOCENT HUMAN LIFE, THEN WE CAN REST ASSURED, BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN ONE DAY TO THE WHOLE NATION….HUMAN NOWADAYS MODERNISE AND USING EVERYTHING BY LAW, NO FEELING, NO SYMPATHY, NO COMPASSION, BUT WE REMEMBER WHAT HAS HAPPEN SUDDENLY TO MANY COUNTRIES RECENTLY TO JAPAN, HUMAN FORGET EASILY,,,,IF HEAVEN PUNISH THE COUNTRY,, THE SUFFERING AND PAIN IS IMMEASURABLE,,,,DO GOOD BEGETS GOOD,,IF KILLING AN HUMAN REPRESENTED GOVERNMENT CHOSEN BY THE PEOPLE, THE REPERCUSION ONE DAY IS LIKE DUST FLUNG AGAINST THE WIND…WE SHOULD NOT REGRET WHAT WE HAVE DONE…..HEAVEN LAW IS FAIR AND COMPASSIONATE…

  2. Loyar Bangkok

    Qama Gill,

    ya, busy getting screwed from behind by the judges in court, so (my butt too painful) i cant really sit down n type much comments… ;P

    for the record, personally i'm AGAINST death penalty… not bcos i'm soft on crime, but i actually think that if u imprison someone for LIFE, let them grow old, sick and die in prison, THAT'S the BEST FORM OF TORTURE…

    having said that, i still think VK deserves to be pardoned even if we accept the legitimacy of death penalty. he really comes from a sad background.

  3. Qama Gill

    Loyar Bangkok,

    it's been a while seeing you =)

    back to this case. yes, whether he is guilty or not is not the actual concern here. whether he should be sentenced to a death penalty or not, that's the whole argument. i'm not saying this because Vui Kong feels sorry thus clemency should be given to him. from the point of the law, there is circumstances whereby clemency is given by the power rested in President. if in Malaysia, pardon by Agong. there is no emotional attachment here, it's just that intriguing when Law dictates by human is not carried out as it should be.

  4. Loyar Bangkok

    kayman, charleskiwi n true malaysians,

    agree with what u said but u have missed the point.

    NOBODY is disputing that the law is the law, and many r harmed by his criminal act – which he has never denied.

    question here is, whether the circumstances of his case and his background (did it when he was only 19, came from hardcore poor family, uneducated, influenced by n taken advantaged of by bad elements of society, n less than 50 gram of heroin if i'm not mistaken), he deserves clemency, DESPITE what he has done, EVEN THOUGH he was guilty as charged.

    that's the whole point for giving the president the power to spare him the death penalty – to give him MERCY, despite the guilt. to repeat the fact that he's guilty n "the law is the law" is totally beside the point.

    in lawyer-speak, 'merits' of the case is irrelevant. the relevant question here is whether there is any SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES which makes it appropriate to spare his life. or, whether he DESERVES MERCY. yes, justice requires that he should die, but when it comes to clemency, by definition it means MERCY can OVERRIDE justice.

    the arguments in favour r basically that he's a VICTIM of his circumstances. he was just a KID. stupid n naive.

    yes, he was guilty. but the question here is, whether he DESERVES TO DIE????

    the big boss behind him deserves to die.

    all those drug addicts who CHOOSE to get high, n got addicted, deserve to die.

    he's just a tool.

    if he's older, want the money to have a 'cool' lifestyle he doesnt deserve, i wont weep for him.

    but, he's just a KID.

  5. true malaysians

    Yong is a changed person after his imprisonment. ISNT THIS A BIT TOO LATE. IN MY AREA/TAMAN ALONE THERE ARE A BUNCH OF CHINESE SCHOOL DROPOUT ABOUT 14/15 YEARS OLD FUNNY HAIR COLOUR , SMOKING AND SHOUTING PROFANITIES AT THE PLAYGROUND EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE CHILDREN AND ADULT AROUND…THIS ARE THE SCUMP OF SOCIETIES THAT 'SAVE PEOPLE CAMPAIGN' SHOULD TARGET AND SAVE….BEFORE THEY TURN INTO ANOTHER 'VUI KONG'

    BETTER STILL CHARGE THEIR PARENT FOR NEGLECTING THEIR CHILDREN AND LETTING THEM BECOMING A NUISANCE TO SOCIETY…….EXCUSES LIKE ' I HAVE TO MAKE A LIVING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE' WHY BRING THEM INTO THIS WORLD IF THAT IS THE CASE……

  6. charleskiwi

    Before you plea for his life, please think of the misery of those who would have taken the drugs that Vul Kong tried to smuggle ! Well it is very easy to say how very sorry he is and remorseful he is now.

  7. kayman

    Say the president of singapore is not giving him the clemency. what’s next? most importantly, did he or did he not traffic drug in singapore for him to deserve such punishment? for another malaysian to be hanged by the gallows, i feel saddened too by what befell onto him. but a law’s a law, right? much like we don’t want singapore or america to stick their nose into our businesses, same goes to singapore too.