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TOC ganged up with foreigners to exert pressure on President to spare life of Malaysian drug mule

Posted by temasektimes on April 8, 2012

Anti-government blog The Online Citizen (TOC) has ganged up with foreigners again to interfere with Singapore politics and laws, this time collaborating with foreign NGO Amnesty International to exert pressure on the Singapore President to spare the life of Malaysian drug mule Yong Vui Kong.

According to an article on its website, TOC boasted to have received more than 100 emails since April 4 “from the USA, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Spain, appealing to President Dr. Tony Tan to stop the execution of Yong Vui Kong.”

It also admits that most of the letter writers are supporters or members of Amnesty International. It is not known if TOC is funded by such external agencies as well.

TOC has earlier organized protests at Hong Lim Park to exert pressure on the Singapore judiciary to spare the life of Yong. Though the majority of Singaporeans support the death penalty (read here), TOC still ignores public opinion blatantly and astroturfs to manufacture fake support for its cause through some hardcore activists who do not represent the majority of Singaporeans.

Meanwhile, anti-death penalty activists linked to TOC continue to protest vehemently against the dismissal of Yong’s appeal to get the court to reopen his case by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday, one of whom even appeared to ‘incite’ violence against the Singapore President:

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6 Responses to “TOC ganged up with foreigners to exert pressure on President to spare life of Malaysian drug mule”

  1. M said

    And humanity (to not support the death penalty) is a cause tr deems a lesser importance than foreigners invading Singapore? It’s an embarrassment that tr cannot put aside such differences over a persons life. I’m not judging if Yong Vui Kong has made a mistake or not, but deciding that a persons life is worth less than foreigners presence in Singapore is just ridiculous.

  2. A man’s life is at stake. No stone shd be left unturned to save it, even after all avenues seem to be closed.
    TOC is right to marshall all resources and supoort to save Yong Vui Kong from the gallows, as a humanitarian move even if it irks our govt.. Who knows, in the brouhaha engendered in the process, something might just give in our govt’s pro-death stance for a serious rethink over the death penalty to redefine it such that it wld be narrowed down some more in greater humaneness. For sinstance, the quantity of drugs that will attract the death penalty cld be revised upwards; the mentality (IQ quotient) cld be a mitigating factor; his/her age of manipulative submission (as against reason) as psychologically assessed by a qualified medical person cld be a fresh factor in commuting the death sentence to life instead. And so on. A sudden dawn of light, sort of, in capital offence cases as in the Macnaughton rule for cases of insanity.

  3. No can do said

    TR shd sympathise with Yong Vui Kong than seemingly desirous here of his immediate execution.
    TOC is 2 be complimented 4 leaving no stone unturned to save Yong, so long as they do not cause civil disturbances to law and order. It may be the death penalty shd be narrowed down further to: a) a bigger quantity of drugs found on an offender; b) an older age benchmark; c) subordinate vis-a-vis dominant role in the activity; or such like.
    It may just be that the ruckus kicked up by TOC cld precipitate that rare gem of wisdom to save some souls from the gallows thru a further refinement of the existing laws.

  4. No can do said

    To moderator: Wld appreciate ur deletion of my above comment. Thanks.

  5. anon said

    He was only 19 years old when he committed the offense. Although he is a Malaysian, the law must be fair and we should still speak up if we feel that the verdict has been unjust.

    Contrast Yong’s sentence to the recent news on the Downtown East murder case.

    http://sg.news.yahoo.com/more-youths-in-downtown-east-murder-case-see-charges-reduced.html

    None of the suspected killers are going to face a death sentence, even though some of them are past the legal age of 21. They are given a second chance without any explanation.

    Why can’t we give the Malaysian boy a second chance? We have differentiation between PR, foreigners and Singaporeans in benefits for daily life. What’s next? Are Singaporeans going to ask for favouritism to be practised in the face of the law as well?

  6. No can do said

    Fully agree with Anon at 1.16 am on Apr 10 above. At age 19 when caught, he wld hv bn immature and psychologically unprepared for the consequences of his actions, as clearly evinced by his repeated appeals for clemency when the full truth and weight of the death penalty dawned on him. It is a huge mitigating factor in his case that he was merely used to traffic the drugs and was not the leader. This wld attest to his malleable psyche when, quite likely, out of fear, respect and obedience to a senior leader, he succumbed to peer pressure when told to carry the drug. This wld also explain his reluctance or was it inability to squeal on his gang leader as a prosecution witness in his misguided (and inculcated) belief that it was the principled and right thing to do. Inasmuch as the McNaughton rule wld hold for cases of insanity, that an insane person wld be guilty of an offence if, at the moment of commitment of the offence he was aware of what he was doing, so in this case, if Yong was psychologically immature to appreciate the full measure of his drug trafficking being merely 19 and under suffocating peer pressure, shd not the courts
    consider his case empathetically to reduce the sentence to life or some such deterrent term in jail, all things fairly considered?

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