Sunday, September 22, 2013

Save Yong Vui Kong - Punishment and Justice must always include MERCY!

 It is too cruel to kill a life just because of a silly mistake he made. 
It is not wise to punish the ‘drug mule’, but neglecting the real ‘boss’ behind the crime.
Why is the law being so rigid? Must there be a ‘mandatory’ death penalty? It is so injustice.
“Punishment and Justice must always include MERCY” – Sister Susan Chia
(Carer of the Nugyens family – Van Tuong Nguyen, a Vietnamese Australian, was hanged to death on 2 December 2005, for trafficking 396.2 g of heroin into Singapore)
It’s about the imminent death of a boy called Yong Vui Kong. You might have already heard his name. Read his sorry tale somewhere. That stupid kid who at 19, got busted for trafficking drugs into Singapore.
Vui Kong was caught with 47.27 grams of heroin – he was a runner taking instructions from his so-called ‘Big Brother’. He sits in a prison cell now, waiting to pay for his crime, with his life.
We saw the boy in court last Wednesday. A pale, skinny thing surrounded by four policemen. He had been scheduled to hang on Friday. And his lawyer was trying to convince the judge to stay the execution pending an appeal. The judge agreed. It was a decision no one, least of all Vui Kong, expected. He broke down and cried as he was being led out of the room.
Does Vui Kong deserve to die? The mainstream media in Singapore has been strangely silent about the matter. But there’s been plenty of debate online. We won’t rehash what’s already been said. We will instead, share with you, an interview we did with Vui Kong’s older brother, Yun Leong. Please listen to what he has to say: