Sabahan on Singapore’s death row turns 24 today
Posted on January 19, 2012, Thursday
TAWAU: While waiting for the President of Singapore to make a decision on Yong Vui Kong’s appeal for clemency against the death sentence for drug trafficking, concerned Sabahans should not give up hope and must continue to plea for Vui Kong’s life.
Tawau MP Datuk Chua Soon Bui said Vui Kong’s story of repentance has brought about more than 100,000 support for clemency and more than one million visitors to the blog site by people from different walks of life and ages from all over the world.
“It is obvious that our existing laws on drug trafficking do not have any deterent effect. Many young people, especially women, have become drug mules in Malaysia,” she said.
Chua wrote a letter to Vui Kong telling him to continue to relate his story that would bring about changes by raising the awareness of society about the dark side of drugs. “Your sincerity of remorsefulness and repentance has inspired many of us, you may not know it, but you have changed many lives to be better in many different ways,” Chua wrote.
Chua said that although she still did not have the chance to meet with Vui Kong personally but after joining the ‘Give life a second chance, Save Vui Kong Campaign’ for a few years and read his many articles, she felt as if she has known Vui Kong for a long time. “Vui Kong will be 24 years old today (Jan 19) and I wish his time clock will continue ticking for years to come as in the photo designed for him,” she said.
“I know that it had not been easy for him to have met with ‘bad companies’ and being victimised at such a young and fragile age of 18,” she said.
Vui Kong has submitted his appeal for clemency to the President of Singapore and he has truly repented and that he has earnestly changed.
The appeal for clemency is to request for the death sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment and Chua had also submitted the appeal to the chairman of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nation in New York last year.