Happy Birthday, Vui Kong!

 

Today (19 Jan 2012) is Yong Vui Kong’s 24th birthday. Last year, we marked Vui Kong’s 23rd birthday not knowing if he would live to celebrate another. However, thanks to his dedicated lawyers and the support of activists and the public, he can now live to see the dawn this Friday.

We are inviting the public to celebrate his birthday with him this year. Please write your wishes, thoughts and hopes for him and e-mail the messages to 2ndchance4yong@gmail.com. We will deliver them to Vui Kong through his lawyer M Ravi. If you permit, we will publish the wishes in our blog at https://2ndchance4yong.wordpress.com/

Yong Vui Kong, who hails from Sabah, was arrested in June 2007 for trafficking 47.27g of diamorphine in Singapore when he was 18. He was sentenced to death in January 2009 and now sits on death row. He has exhausted all legal proceedings and is presently awaiting the outcome of his final appeal for clemency which he submitted on 7 July last year to the President of Singapore.

Vui Kong had been born to an impoverished and broken family with his mother struggling to raise seven children alone after a divorce.  His case caught a lot of attention in Malaysia, Singapore and internationally. The Save Vui Kong Campaign initiated the “Give Life 2nd Chance” campaign in July 2010 and the public responded well to Vui Kong’s plea for clemency. In August 2010, his family submitted 109,346 petition signatures to the Istana asking for Vui Kong’s death sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment.

Vui Kong has proven himself in prison by turning over a new leaf. He has repented and is remorseful. He has taken up Buddhism, and seeks to dedicate the rest of his life to counseling prisoners and alerting the public about the perils of drugs. Although the Singapore Court of Appeal has rejected the decision on his judicial review in April 2011, we will continue to do our very best to assist Vui Kong in seeking pardon from the Singapore President.

Pleading for his clemency does not mean that Vui Kong should escape the responsibility of the crime. However, Vui Kong is himself a victim of circumstances, and we strongly believe that we should not ignore the plight of the marginalized.

This is only the beginning of the debate on the death penalty. Research has shown that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent. There are many factors in the maintenance of public order. For example, professional police investigations and fair judicial system are crucial.

We also call the Malaysia Government to execute the resolution put forward in the Round Table Discussion at the Parliament last June 2011 to:

  1. Call for moratorium of the death penalty immediately
  2. Form a caucus to study and review the related legislative related to the mandatory death penalty.

The Save Vui Kong Campaign is refining its role and has formed a coalition with other organisations working on anti-death penalty issues. Besides giving attention to individual cases, we will also actively advocate the moratorium of the death penalty in Malaysia. We hope the collaboration will spawn various activities to educate and raise the awareness of the general public about capital punishment.

Save Vui Kong Campaign

“祝賀楊偉光24歲生日,呼籲立即暂停执行死刑”

今天1月19日,是杨伟光的24岁生日。想要献上生日祝福和寄语給杨伟光

的朋友,请传到:2ndchance4yong@gmail.com,并注明是否授权刊登,我们将张贴在本会的“SAVE VUI KONG 给杨伟光第二次机会”(https://2ndchance4yong.wordpress.com)网站,同时也将转寄给他的律师拉维(M.Ravi),送到杨伟光手中。

来自沙巴的杨伟光,在2008年因为运送47克海洛英到新加坡而被判死刑,经过多年上诉,都失败告终。杨伟光来自破碎家庭,年少无知犯法,引起马新社会关注,热烈响应本会于2010年发起的“给生命第二次机会”醒觉运动,签名连署求情书。

伟光在监狱里改过自新,立志将余生投入于辅导狱友及警惕群众有关于毒品的致命性危害。虽然新国最高法院三司上诉庭在2011年4月驳回杨伟光司法审核判决的上诉申请,我们接下来仍会付出最大努力,继续协助伟光寻求特赦。

我们为杨伟光请命,争取新加坡总統特赦,促请该国政府给予杨伟光第二个机会,并不代表他无须为运毒罪名受罚。杨伟光来自低下层社会,马来西亚和其他国家同样有着和他一样的死囚,我们坚持,在人权议题上,从来都不应忽视被主流社会所边缘化的群体。

关于死刑与生命权的辩论,只是一项开端,而非终点。我们认为,死刑与吓阻犯罪、降低犯罪率无直接关联。为维持社会治安,国家机关可施行其他政策来加强犯罪控制,如更有效的警政办案、更公平的司法程序等措施。

在此我们也要求大马政府尽快落实去年六月在国会举行“检讨强制性死刑”圆桌会议所达致的初步共识,以展开四项行动,包括要求政府立即暂停执行死刑以及建议组成国会特别遴选委员会全面检讨国内的强制死刑制度。

未来,本运动将转型、扩大组织结盟,除了持续追踪个案,也推动暂缓实施死刑,希望引导公民社会对此议题的深度关怀与严肃思辩。

杨伟光后援会

 

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Related reports:

Sabahan on Singapore’s death row turns 24 today (The Borneo Post)

吁民写生日寄语予杨伟光   后援会促政府检讨死刑制 (獨立新聞在線)

后援会邀民众祝贺24岁生日    杨伟光感言:要令母亲骄傲 (當今大馬)

 

About huichun

Originate from Taiping, now staying in Kuala Lumpur, Malayisia and working in a management consultancy and training firm. A typical Gemini that like to poke the nose in everything, everywhere. Like to cook, travel, read, share views with others,help the needy.......... Currently the main concerns are Malaysia civil society & politics, world environmental issues and managing a community library in KL.
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