Malaysia Government must prepare to take Yong’s case to International Court of Justice

SVKV Press Statement

August 17, 2010

Malaysia Government must prepare to take Yong’s case to International Court of Justice

The Save Vui Kong Campaign (SVKC) calls upon Foreign Minister YB Anifah Aman to step up his ministry’s effort to protect the right of Malaysian citizen Yong Vui Kong in Singapore.

Malaysia has successfully lobbied China in 2008 for a Universiti Sabah Malaysia graduate Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, 24, to have her death penalty commuted to life term.

We expect the Malaysian Government to put in equally vigorous effort for Yong, 22, whose case for clemency has been ruled out by the minister even before the plea was filed.

His injustice has just been reinforced by the Singapore High Court’s decision that the Cabinet and not the President decides on clemency plea.

The Malaysian government must therefore be prepared to take all possible steps including filing complaint at the International Court of Justice and asking for a stay of execution.

Singapore High Court’s Decision Reinforces Injustice for Vui Kong

It is a right of every person facing death penalty to have a fair and impartial clemency process.

However, we believe that Yong’s right to a fair and impartial clemency process had been violated, on the following reasons:-

(1)        the Honorable Law Minister of Singapore Mr K Shunmugan has publicly made a statement, specifically named Yong Vui Kong and that he should not be spared of his life (The Law Minister said this on 9.5.2010 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). This is not a statement pertaining to the general anti-drug policy of Singapore, but a statement directed to Yong’s clemency;

(2)        the Honorable Law Minister of Singapore Mr K Shunmugan made the above statement before Yong filed his clemency petition. The rejection of Yong’s first clemency petition in November 2009 shall not in any way be deemed that Yong’s second clemency petition, which has yet to be filed and heard, will be rejected. Yong’s right to be heard must be upheld and due process must be adhered to.

(3)        the recent decision of the Singapore High Court which ruled that the President does not have discretion on clemency but must act on the advise of the Cabinet reinforces the argument above, that the Cabinet had made a decision on Yong’s clemency before Yong is heard.

Foreign Minister Promised “Everything Possible”

We appreciate the pledge by YB Anifah Aman on July 5 in the Parliament lobby that Malaysian government “will do everything possible within its power” to seek clemency for Yong. Malaysia government had indeed successfully pleaded for clemency for Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, also convicted and sentenced to death on drug trafficking in China.

However, besides seeking clemency, we trust that “everything possible” includes the preparation of the Malaysia government to file a complaint to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and/or a diplomat note of objection on the violation of Yong’s right to a fair and impartial clemency proceeding, especially after the High Court’s decision

SVKC believes that the Malaysia government has an obligation to protect the legitimate rights of its citizens residing abroad regardless of the circumstances.

SVKC stresses that the matter requires YB Anifah Aman’s urgent attention as the deadline for Yong’s clemency plea is August 26, 2010.

We urge the Malaysia government to:-

(i)               take immediate actions to protect Yong’s right to a fair and impartial clemency proceeding, including preparation to file a complaint to the International Court of Justice and/or a diplomatic note of objection based on the remarks made by the Honorable Law Minister of Singapore;

(ii)             take immediate actions to stay the execution at the International Court of Justice until the issue on the violation of Yong’s right to a fair and impartial clemency proceeding is resolved;

(iii)           send a legal team to observe the proceeding of Yong’s appeal on the decision of the High Court rejecting his application for judicial review;

(iv)           step up all efforts on the plea for Yong’ clemency.

We, as fellow citizens of Malaysia, expect the Malaysian government to respond and reply promptly to this call.

Save Vui Kong Campaign Malaysia

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不再发信争取宽赦杨伟光   外交部长辩称:已尽人事

谢仲洋 2010年8月17日 下午 3点51分 (当今大马)

因贩毒遭新加坡判处死刑的我国青年杨伟光的母亲廖云娟(55岁,左图右),今日前往布城外交部会见外交部长阿尼法(左图左),以寻求我国政府介入,争取新加坡当局宽赦杨伟光。

不过,阿尼法却在稍后的记者会上,明确表明大马政府已通过外交途径尽了人事,即做了能够做的一切,意味通过外交途径拯救杨伟光已划上休止符。

“我们已完成了一切可以做的事,这也是我赶在新加坡高庭进行司法审核裁决前,致函给新加坡外交部长杨荣文,表达我国政府寻求新加坡宽赦杨伟光的立场。”

“大马政府能够做的只是写信寻求宽赦,我们不会去干涉新加坡的法律。”

不再写信给新加坡要求宽赦

他并明确表明,外交部不会再有第二封致函给新加坡要求宽赦的信件。

阿尼法披露,他于今年7月20日致函杨荣文,并获得杨荣文在7月30日复函。

“复函交待了杨伟光的现况,包括他目前被关押在新加坡樟宜监狱,同时列出律师团可通过上诉的法律途径,为杨伟光寻求赦免一死。”

对于新加坡司法部长山姆甘曾发表“不能放过杨伟光”的未审先判言论,阿尼法受询时不愿回应,仅强调我国不干涉新国法律。

“如果你质疑新加坡的法律,很可能会影响宽赦申请。”

杨伟光母亲姐姐三人见外长

NONE面容憔悴的廖云娟今日是与两名女儿,即杨伟光的姐姐杨玉瑛(32岁,右图右一)以及妹妹杨伟凤(20岁,右图右二)三人会见阿尼法。

阿尼法接见时曾经亲切问候廖云娟今天共有多少名孩子陪同前来,结果患有忧郁症的廖云娟腼腆地回答说“两名”。

阿尼法在记者会上透露,由于廖云娟目前尚不知儿子即将被吊死,因此他在会面时的谈话也只能“点到为止”,并由女儿充当国语翻译。

杨家代表只有杨伟凤出席记者会。年纪尚轻的她在记者会上神情腼腆,全程不发一言,直到记者会结束后才在记者的追访下,表达她对外交部介入的感激。

“我谢谢外交部协助我们。”

杨伟光家属今日是在半岛首度正式曝光,也是首次会见外长。在此之前,杨家在沙巴曾出席相关的杨伟光后援会活动。

蔡添强盼基于马新友谊宽赦

NONE无论如何,对于阿尼法宣称外交努力已终结的立场,人民公正党峇都国会议员蔡添强(左图左)不表认同,认为我国政府可通过首相纳吉出面介入此事。

“我们希望在首相介入后,新加坡政府能给予马新友谊,给予考量宽赦杨伟光。”

杨伟光律师兼隆雪华堂民权委员会副主席饶兆颖透露,外交部早前曾承诺会委派律师团旁听杨伟光的司法审核与上诉申请,但至今都不见人影。

“在上次司法审核裁决时,只有我国驻新加坡最高专员出席旁听。”

她希望有关律师团能在即将到来的上诉申请裁决上出现和给予协助。

隆雪华堂民权委员会主席廖国华指出,家属一行3人是于昨天抵达都门,并于明日回返沙巴。她们此行会晤外长,是希望大马政府能正式介入,寻求新加坡当局宽赦杨伟光。

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Give Life 2nd Chance is a movement dedicated to work on abolish death penalty in Malaysia.
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