6 August, Daily Express
Sandakan: Time is running out for Yong Vui Kong, the 22-year-old Sandakan youngster charged with drug trafficking in Singapore.
The last date for him to file his clemency is Aug. 26 and Sandakan Co-ordinator of the “Give Yong Vui Kong A Second Chance” campaign hopes to gather 100,000 signatures to be presented to the island republic’s President.
“We expect to collect some 100,000 signatures from friends, relatives, supporters and concerned citizens from the on-line petition (Stand Up for Yong Blog) and signing petition on the ground.
“The on-line petition was first initiated by the Singapore lawyer and Kuala Lumpur followed suit.
“From the Sabah side, the latest date for the signature campaign is August 20 as we have to submit the names to the organisers in Kuala Lumpur by August 22,” said Wong who is Secretary-General of the Sandakan Chinese Chamber of Commerce. He is assisted by Poon Kee Yang @ Fong Sui Ku in his personal capacity and other Sandakan residents.
Wong and Poon stressed that Yong deserves a second chance, given his difficult childhood, lack of guidance from young and ignorance of the law.
“Sadly, he came from a broken family. He was a school drop-out and thus left to fend for himself from age of 10. Obviously, he was easily influenced by peers and exploited by drug barons,” said Stephen.
“But now he is repentant and wants to help others by educating them that drug-trafficking is not the way out. In fact, he is even counselling other convicts,” said the duo.
They wondered why “drug lords” are usually not nabbed by the authorities, who only go after “drug peddlers”. “They know how to make use of ‘young people’ who are young, innocent and less knowledgeable, and don’t know about the death penalty.”
Speaking to Daily Express in an interview arranged by Wong here, Yong’s siblings, eldest brother Yun Sang, 31, and elder sister Vui Fung, 20, said their brother is now a completely changed person.
“We could not recognise him when we visited him in the prison.
“Our brother is remorseful and realises his youthful folly which led him to a disastrous path,” they said.
Vui Fung said Yong’s turning over a new leaf was reflected in the letters he wrote to family members for the past two years.
“He hopes that his ‘lesson’ will serve as a deterrent to others.
He appeals to others to avoid the road that leads to self-destruction.
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Only 10% of target met
August 6, 2010, Friday, Borneo Post
SANDAKAN: The Save Yong Vui Kong signature campaign has collected more than 10 per cent of the targeted 100,000 signatures in Malaysia and Singapore.
The campaign, launched on July 22 here and co-sponsored by the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), is aimed at seeking clemency for Sandakan-born Vui Kong, who was last year sentenced to hang in Singapore for trafficking in 47 grams of a controlled drug, diamorphine, on June 13, 2007 when he was 18 years and six months old.
“So far, SCCC has received more than 10,000 signatures but we are waiting for more to come in from the youth wings of Teo Chiew Association and United Chinese Community Associations Sandakan, Sabah before we compile and send them to Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall and counsel Ravi of Singapore,” said Sandakan Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) chairman Stephen Wong yesterday.
He added that continuous efforts were being made by all quarters to collect more signatures before the August 20 deadline and he urged all those who have yet to sign up to do so to enable the campaign meet its target.
In Tawau, the campaign collected 6,000 signatures.
Tawau member of parliament Datuk Chua Soon Bui who is heading the drive here, called on the people for support to give Vui Kong a second chance.
Meanwhile Chua’s assistant, Jenny Lau said they were aiming to get as many signatures as possible before August 20.
Many individuals have already come forward to help in getting the signatures. Those who want to help collect signatures can also get the forms from Chua’s office at Takada.
Jenny also urged the public to spread the news of the campaign so that Vui Kong could be given a second chance.
Members of the public can go online to endorse a petition to the Singapore president at http://www.petitiononline.com/SaveVK/petition.html.