Tag: Death Penalty

Malaysia’s repeal of death penalty opens deep wounds, including that of Mongolian model murder

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia's is looking into the repeal of the death penalty but the idea is creating waves of discontent among survivors of attempted murder and family members of murder victims, though there is some hope it will help solve the politically charged...

“I respect the decision of the Singapore Court” – Malaysian Minister Liew Vui Keong

After the controversial stay of execution in the case of the Malaysian drug mule who was sentenced to hang last Friday (May 24), allegations have surfaced accusing the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Liew Vui Keong to have interfered with Singapore's decision to grant...

Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand buck worldwide trend with more executions, not less

More and more countries are rejecting the death penalty, which is a global trend. However, according to a report from the South China Morning Post (SCMP), certain countries are actually going against this trend, including Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Amnesty International reports that the number...

Malaysian lawyer calls on President Halimah Yacob to stay execution on Friday of Micheal Garing

Petaling Jaya—N. Surendran from Malaysian human rights group Lawyers for Liberty is appealing that the scheduled execution of a Malaysian man in Singapore be halted, claiming that the convict and his family have not been given sufficient time for preparations. Mr Surendran is also appealing...

International human rights lawyer launches website

One of Singapore’s leading human rights law advocates, M. Ravi launched his own website on February 15. The website serves as an account of his 16+ years of work as an Advocate & Solicitor in Singapore back when he was practicing as an independent consultant...

Ministry of Home Affairs is surveying Singaporeans on death penalty

For the first time in the nation’s history, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has been gathering the opinions of citizens and permanent residents concerning the death penalty. In the wake of the hanging of Prabu N. Pathmanathan, a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker, last week,...

International human rights groups plead with Singapore to abolish the death penalty after six men were recently hanged

Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Office appealed to Singapore to stop the hangings and abolish the "cruel and irreversible" death penalty. The wealthy city-state has recently executed six men convicted of drug offences in October, despite pleas of clemency from the...

Malaysia to abolish death penalty; halts death sentence for time being

In a revolutionary move, the Malaysian government has announced that it plans to abolish the death penalty currently employed by its legal system as punishment for heavy crimes. Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Liew Vui Keong, who is the de-facto Law Minister, made...

Of Caning, Hanging and the Criminalising of Gay Sex

By Augustine Low The case of Singapore agreeing not to cane suspected StanChart bank robber David Roach as a condition for extradition by the United Kingdom is an interesting one. It could be a paradox or a peculiarity, or both, depending on how you see it. Singapore’s...

Caught for drug trafficking and faced death, he now runs a multi-million dollar company

Chen Quanxing was 26-years old when he came face to face with the prospect of death. He had been caught for trafficking in heroin, was found guilty and thought that he had met his end. Under Singapore’s laws, trafficking more than 15g of heroin mandates...