Save Vui Kong Campaign kicks off in Sabah


2nd Chance Campaign kick start at Sandakan (From Left, Vui Fung, Chow Ying, M Ravi, Datuk Chua Soon Boi)

by Lawrence Shim , July 23, 2010, Friday (The Borneo Post)

SANDAKAN: The Save Vui Kong signature campaign,  carried out nationwide in Malaysia and Singapore, 100,000 nationwide and Singapore by August 20 was launched here yesterday calling upon elected representatives and members of the public to plead to His Excellency Singapore President Sellapan Ramanathan to grant clemency to death convict Yong Vui Kong.

Wong (right) receives the signature campaign forms from Ravi as Chua (third left), Ngeow (left), Poon (second right) and others look on.

Wong (right) receives the signature campaign forms from Ravi as Chua (third left), Ngeow (left), Poon (second right) and others look on.

Tawau member of parliament Datuk Chua Soon Bui said that the it is not just for Vui Kong that we are persuading, it is an awareness and concern for our society, our future generations, in Sabah.

“Counsel Ravi from Singapore came to parliament to visit Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman who promised to appeal for clemency. I also appeal to the State Government to intervene and lend its support towards the clemency,” said Chua in a press conference yesterday.

Chua also said that she was touched by the spirit and love shown by the Singapore NGOs and people especially Ravi, irrespective of boundary, cultural, religious and Vui Kong personal and family background enable us  to come forward to unite together to so something special for Vui Kong. They even sponsored the airfares for the family to visit Vui Kong in Singapore. Ravi also provides free service.

“We are here today in a special bonding for a special mission. Being a Sabahan, I urge my fellow Sabahans/Malaysians in Sabah especially those here in Sandakan to extend our support on “Save Vui Kong” signature campaign,” said Chua.

She said that it is not just for Vui Kong that we are persuading, it is an awareness exercise and concern for our society, our future generations in Sabah.

“With Sabah, the poorest state in Malaysia, many young people who are deprived of education, due to poverty or women in hardship might be target and vulnerable to drugs or human trafficking,” added Chua.

Ravi disclosed that may be hanged anytime after this August 26 if his plea for clemency is rejected. Unfortunately, his right of to seek clemency under the Singapore’s Constitution has been compromised by statement of the Hon.Minister of Law K.Shanmugan.

Even before his clemency plea if officially filed, Shanmugan was quoted to have told the press: “Yong Vui Kong (who was sentenced to hang for trafficking in 47 grammes of a controlled drug, diamorphine) is young. But if we say, ‘We let you go’, what’s the signal we’re sending? We’re sending a signal to all drugs 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,”

The real signal Singapore is sending should Vui Kong be pardoned is exactly the opposite to what Shanmugan has second guessed.

Vui Kong is a completely changed person after his arrest. He has found his spiritual salvation in Buddhism and vowed to use his remaining days to counsel lost souls like he once was and to campaign against drug-trafficking and drug abuse.

Vui Kong who just want to redeem his past sins is actually an unrecognized ally of the Singapore Government in the latter’s anti-drug campaign. Executing him will not stop the next drug trafficking, just like the execution of previous traffickers did not stop Vui Kong, who was illiterate and did not know even about the death penalty.

Keeping Vui Kong alive may however may. He will do whatever he can to get his message of regret and redemption out to many lives and saving them from drugs.

The Save Vui Kong Campaign is co-sponsored by the Civil Rights Committee of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (CRC-KLSCAH) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and supported by friendly civil society groups.

On June 13, 2007, Yong was arrested at midnight within the vicinity of Meritus Mandarin Hotel at Orchard Road. He was 18 years and 6 months old then.

Yong was subsequently charged for the offence of trafficking by transporting 47.27 grammes of diamorphine in two packets found in a Malaysian registered car MBK 5317 at the time of his arrest.

Last year, Yong filed a petition to the Singapore president for clemency but it was rejected on Dec 1.

Also present were CRC-KLSCAH’s representative Ngeow Chow Ling, local community leaders Stephen Wong, Poon Kee Yong and representatives from 20 NGOs supporting the signature campaign.

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22 July 2010, Source : The Online Citizen

Malaysian politicians and activists have started the campaign to save 22-year old Vui Kong from the death sentence in Singapore. The event kicked off with a press conference held in Sandakan, Sabah, the hometown of Vui Kong. Sabah Member of Parliament, Datuk Chua Soon Bui, and Vui Kong’s lawyer, Mr M Ravi, were present to lend support to the campaign. So were Vui Kong’s younger sister, Vui Fung, and older brother, Yun Leong, as well as dozens of relatives and supporters.

Datuk Chua said: ”This campaign is for humanity. It is above politics. We appeal to the state government to intervene and support us.”

Datuk Chua also pointed out that Yong can give back to society by reaching out to young people who might be vulnerable to drug traffickers. Rather than kill him, he should be allowed to repent and share his story.

Campaigners will hit the streets of Sandakan tomorrow (23 July, Friday) to appeal to the public to support their cause. They hope to collect 100,000 signatures by August 23. (To sign the petition, please click here.)

Vui Kong has until 26 August 2010 to file an appeal for clemency with the Singapore president. As there is only about a month before the deadline for the clemency appeal, TOC will carry news and reports of the campaign as and when they happen.

Here are some pictures from Sabah of the press conference in Sabah on Thursday.

Chow Ying and M Ravi  in the Press Conference

Chow Ying and M Ravi in the Press Conference

The Sandakan Community is support the 2nd Chance Campaign , Yun Shen & Vui Fung (2nd & 3rd from the right) also present in the PC on 22 July 2010

Petition Signing Campaign in Sandakan 23July2010

2nd Chance Campaign receive great supports from the Sandakan Community and get >500 signatures on 23Jul2010 morning

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Here are some news reports related to the launching of the 2nd Chance Campaign:

Malaysiakini: Wanted: 100,000 signatures to save Vui Kong

Bernama: The Save Vui Kong Campaign Request Clemency For Sabahan From Singapore Government

Interceder: News on Vui Kong

Klik4Malaysia: Campaign Launched for Vui Kong Second Chance

Malay Mail: Senators pledge to save Malaysian on death row in Singapore

Malaysian Insider: NGOs appeal for Sabah boy on Singapore death row

New Straits Times: Support for clemency

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2 Responses to Save Vui Kong Campaign kicks off in Sabah

  1. Basillia Nicea Chin says:

    He is from a broken family. Left to survive on his own, following his own instinct, what he thinks is right in order to survive with practically nothing. It isn’t his fault that there are predators looking for innocent naive youngsters who are desperate, to help them with the illegal drugs. It doesn’t have to mean that these traffickers can escape the consequences (simply because of their age) but it means letting Vui Kong to share his story to other youngsters, teaching them, spreading his story to everyone as well as another chance for him to learn more and repent. He was ONLY 18 then. 18 years of illiteracy, 18 years of struggling, 18 years of living alone, ONLY 18, reaching the age of adulthood, who wouldn’t seek an easy way out?

  2. Skeptical says:

    I disagree with the comment above; to a certain degree we all have to be accountable for our actions, to say otherwise & put all blame completely on these “predators” is ignorant. Sure, youngsters like him come from broken families that failed to develop his moral compass, but it is widely known in both Singapore & Malaysia that drug dealing is punishable through the death penalty. To be aware of such information & still partake in said activity(ies), people such as he have accepted getting caught as one of the possibilities.

    Sure, the authorities could let him go so that he may share with others his experience, but does anyone really believe he’ll spend the rest of his life preaching this one story? At the possibility of being harshly struck down, it is only human nature to resort to anything & everything to receive pardon; how are we sure that he’ll continue on this ‘new leaf”? It could end up being a ‘big thing’ for a year & then life goes on for him. Let’s not forget, life will still be hard & this whole ordeal does not erase that fact. Can those that wish him pardoned guarantee that hardships won’t once again place him on a similar path?

    Also, this blog post has stated that this whole issue may send the wrong idea to drug barons, but what about the message it sends to potential ‘victims’ who might end up like Vui Kong? “Oh yeah, the punishment for drug dealing is death by hanging, but I’m sure a bunch of NGOs will come to my rescue”. Let’s be honest, the death penalty IS quite harsh to the person receiving it, but it has always been for the better of society as a whole. It serves as a deterrence, & no bell rings louder than for someone to be made an example. If he were to be pardoned, how many people can he reach out to at any given time to share his story?

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