This is the press conference on 5 July 2010 by M. Ravi, Yong Vui Kong’s lawyer and YB Tian Chua, Batu MP that accompanied by PR Parliamentarians, Malaysia Human Right Activist Groups, CRC-KLSCAH and SUARAM, prior to meeting with Foreign Affair Minister.
Yong Vui Kong’s lawyer, M. Ravi speaking to Malaysia press:
“It is not merely on compassionate grounds that the Malaysian Government should do something about this matter. Because both Singapore and Malaysia have the mandatory death sentence.
That I know will not really be an appealing issue for the Malaysian government, although the Malaysian government and UMNO / PAS recently have appealed to the Chinese government when a Malaysian girl who trafficked 2.9kg of heroin was sentenced to death in Beijing. They appealed on compassionate grounds.
Yong Vui Kong had only trafficked 47g of heroin as compared to 2.9g of heroin by Umi (Azlim), a Malaysian girl. In the same spirit they could appeal to the Singapore government using all the diplomatic channels given that Singapore is just next door compared to Beijing. If they could interfere and appeal to the Chinese government for 2.9kg of heroin, what is 47g?
And given Yong Vui Kong’s exceptional circumstances that he faces given the fact that he was 19 years old when he was charged, given the fact he comes from Sabah from a broken family, and his mom was a slave (童养媳）. She’s a dishwasher and earns just RM$200 a month and the whole family was split. Hence the big boss lead him to drug trafficking and made use of him. So he was basically a victim.
As much as we want to protect the country from drug trafficking, what we’ve come to understand is that this young boy is a victim. that is a compassionate ground. Whether the Malaysian government wants to take it up, its another issue altogether.
But let it not be mistaken: I’ve came to Malaysia for the third time in three weeks………………..
…the High Commission said Foreign Minister and Law Minister very keen to meet me, and I follow-up with a letter……But latter I get the reply that there is no interest…. To my surprise, Malaysia Government does not take any interest to find out what happen to the case ….This boy stands to hang next month if we don’t do anything about it.”
Well speak out Mr Ravi! We will do whatever we can to help this young man get out of this predicament.