Malaysian National Faces Injustice in Foreign Land, Yong Vui Kong Denied the Right to Seek Clemency!

Yong Vui Kong, a 22 year old young man from Sabah, is about to be hanged in Singapore.

On 13 June 2007, he was arrested and later charged with trafficking drug amounting to 47.27g of a controlled drug, namely diamorphine, an offence under s 5(1)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act (Cap 185). He was convicted in 7 January 2009 and sentenced to death.

He appealed against the decision. But later withdrew his appeal.

He then filed a petition to the President for clemency. This application was however rejected. The State sent a letter to his family to prepare for his funeral whilst Yong donated his organs to the State.

Four (4) days before his execution, his counsel Mr M Ravi, filed an application in court for leave to pursue the appeal, despite it being withdrawn, and accordingly a stay of execution was sought. The Court of Appeal allowed this application on 31 December 2009.

Yong Vui Kong’s appeal was heard by the Court of Appeal, and dismissed on 14 May 2010.

Since the appeal is dismissed, Yong has a right to again seek for clemency from the President, this is a right granted to him by the Constitution. Pursuant to Article 22(p) of the Constitution, the President has the power to commute his sentence, from death sentence to life imprisonment, in accordance with the advise of the Cabinet. Though the power lies with the President, the fact is that these decisions are made by the Cabinet.

On 9 May 2010, before even the Court of Appeal gave its verdict, the Law Minister, K. SHANMUGAM, made this public statement: “Yong Vui Kong (who was sentenced to hang for trafficking 47g of Heroin) he is young. But if we say we let you go what’s the signal we’re sending? We’re sending a signal to all drug barons out there…just make sure you choose a victim who’s young or a mother of a young child and use them as the people to carry drugs into Singapore. With the sympathy generated after these people are caught he added, there will be a whole unstoppable stream of people coming through as long as we won’t enforce our laws”.

The Law Minister’s statement has a far-reaching implication on Yong’s case. It has indeed offends the rules of natural justice, due process and Yong’s constitutional right to seek clemency from the President. A Malaysian national faces injustice in Singapore.

By doing that:-

  1. The Minister has denied Yong Vui Kong’s right to seek clemency even before he present his petition to the President
  2. The clemency petition even if presented, has been tainted with biasness and Yong cannot even look for a real decision by the President but only by the Cabinet.
  3. The Minister’s action has usurped the President’s power under the Constitution.

Counsel for Yong has written to the High Commission of Malaysia in Singapore to seek assistance.

Under this circumstance, the Malaysian government must take all diplomatic measures necessary to interfere and safeguard our citizens’ rights in a foreign land. This is not an option, this is an obligation and a legal right that Yong has. To exercise this legal right, the Malaysian government can take action in the International Court of Justice to stop this unlawful killing of this helpless boy by the Singapore government.

Press Statement from Civil Right Committee – Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (CRC-KLSCAH)

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马来西亚公民在外国面对不公, 杨伟光寻求宽恕的权利遭否决

杨伟光,一名22岁的沙巴州子民即将在新加坡遭问吊。

2007年6月13日,杨伟光遭到逮捕并被控以运送47.27克海洛因,触犯了《滥用毒品法令》第5(1)(a)条文。他在2009年1月7日被判死刑。他提出上诉,但是较后撤销上诉。

之后,他提呈请愿书要求宽恕。他的申请遭到拒绝。新加坡政府致函给其家人为其准备后事,而杨伟光答应把他的器官捐给新加坡政府。

在他被问吊前4天,其代表律师拉维(M Ravi)向法庭申请准令提出上诉,尽管杨伟光已撤销早前的上诉,并要求法庭颁布暂缓执行令。2009年12月31日,上诉庭准许了这两项申请。

2010年5月14日,上诉庭聆审了杨伟光的上述,并将之驳回。

因为上诉被驳回,杨伟光有权再次寻求新加坡总统的宽恕,这是新加坡宪法赋予他的权利。总统可依据《宪法》第22(p)条款赋予的权利,在内阁的建议下,作出减轻杨伟光刑罚(死刑改为终身监禁)的决定。虽然总统有此权利,但事实是,这些决定都由内阁做出。

但在2010年5月9日,也就是在上诉庭宣判之前,新加坡法律部长山姆甘(K. SHANMUGAM)公开表示:“(因运送47克海洛因而被判死刑的)杨伟光是很年轻。但是若说我们放你走,我们传达了什么讯息?我们传达了一个讯息给所有在外的毒枭……只要确保你选的受害者是个年轻人或者一个小孩的母亲并利用他们运毒进新加坡。他补充道,由于这些人遭逮捕后可引起别人的同情,若我们不执法,将无法阻止人不断进来。”

新加坡法律部长的言论对杨伟光案件有着深远的影响。它违反了自然公义原则、法律程序,和《宪法》赋权给犯人寻求总统的宽恕。马来西亚人在新加坡受到不公义的对待。

新加坡法律部长的言论:

  1. 否决了杨伟光向总统申请宽恕的权利。因为在杨伟光还未提呈其宽恕陈情书前,内阁部长已公开表明立场必须处决。
  2. 就算杨伟光提呈宽恕陈情书,也可能因偏见而影响到其申请,杨伟光甚至不能真正寻求到总统的决定,只能得到内阁的决定。
  3. 部长的行为已篡夺总统的权利

杨伟光的代表律师已致函给驻新马来西亚最高专员署寻求协助。

在此情况下,马来西亚政府必须通过所有外交途径介入和捍卫我国公民在国外的权利。这不是一项选择,而是一项义务,这也是杨伟光的权利。为了行使这项法定权利,马来西亚政府可将此案带到国际法庭,以停止新加坡“不合法谋杀”(unlawful killing )这个无助的男孩。

隆雪华堂民权委员会

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