Melbourian man on death row in Singapore

This has been on the news almost daily now and I am of two minds.

One, that he has committed a crime of drug trafficking. On the other hand, a death sentence for trafficking less than 500 grams of drugs seems like an overkill. I would have thought the other severe punishment popular in Singapore, caning, would have been more appropriate. A stroke would be sufficient to last a life time.

I know, a crime is a crime is a crime. There is no denying that he has committed a crime. But a death sentence is severe.

His friends are attempting to help him. Taken from the Nine MSN website a quote: “Ms Ng and Ms Lew asked people to send in hands of support to The Reach Out Campaign, c/o Howells, 205 William Street, Melbourne 3000.” I can’t imagine the Singapore government changing their minds but I guess it is worth trying … anything.

2 Comments so far

  1. Ed (unregistered) on October 28th, 2005 @ 8:37 am

    I’m really quite disappointed about how the media has behaved about this – Corby had huge media coverage, as well for the “Bali 9″ (I hate that term”. As for Nguyen, who was arrested in 2002 (it’s been three years), only recently did the media pick this up.


  2. Kamala (unregistered) on October 31st, 2005 @ 2:38 am

    Yeah, but Corby only had huge media coverage because a) she’s young, pretty and b) there is the possibility that she’s innocent. With Nguyen, it’s a little less “appealing” to the media. I suppose it’s the same principle with coverage of our recent natural disasters– the Pakistan earthquake gets almost nothing compared to Hurricane katrina.

    But I do think that giving him the death penalty is overkill. He surely doesn’t deserve that.



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