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"My life and Singapore aren't perfect"

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posted by cockroach//蟑螂 at Saturday, December 03, 2005 3:28 AM

Nguyen hanged today; I think Singapore government is cold blooded. I know a lot of blog had expressed their thoughts, feeling and etc in their blog.

The person is already dead; at first I don’t have much feeling towards this case until I read the news as follows:

Singapore has hanged a 25-year-old Australian drug smuggler after rejecting a high-level diplomatic campaign to commute his death sentence.

Nguyen Tuong Van, who pleaded that he was trying to earn money to help pay his twin brother's debts, died at dawn on Friday behind closed doors at Changi Prison in the city-state, which leads the world in executions compared to its population.

He was arrested in Changi airport, just minutes away from the prison, three years ago and will return there in a coffin Saturday for his last flight home to Melbourne, where church bells tolled as he was being hanged in Singapore.

In a Roman Catholic funeral mass for Nguyen, fellow ethnic Vietnamese priest Father Gregoire Van Giang, who became a close family friend and witnessed the execution, said the condemned man was "very brave" up to the last minute.

Tears flowed during the 150-minute service in a packed convent chapel where Nguyen's remains were brought in a dark wood coffin after being delivered to undertakers wrapped in a white shroud and carried on an orange stretcher.

The Nguyen case generated public outrage in Australia, where capital
punishment has long been outlawed.

Nguyen was executed for trying to smuggle 400 grams (14 ounces) of
heroin from Cambodia to Australia via Changi airport in 2002. Possession of more than 15 grams is punishable by death here.

Singapore turned down repeated pleas for clemency, including from
Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and there have been calls for a retaliatory boycott of Singaporean companies.

"I have told the prime minister of Singapore that I believe it will
have an effect on the relationship on a people-to-people, population-to-population basis," Howard told Australian radio Friday, but he said a boycott would achieve nothing.

His counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, was unmoved by the furore, calling the death penalty "necessary" and a part of the criminal justice system.

The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission said "the death penalty is the ultimate violation of human rights -- the right to life" and against current global trends on capital punishment.

"The Singapore government must acknowledge these trends and move to abolish its barbaric use of the death penalty without delay."

Executions in Singapore are usually conducted with the prisoner
shackled and hooded before a noose is put in place and a hangman pulls a lever to release a trap-door, snapping the neck. Relatives are not allowed to witness executions.

Nguyen, who had no previous criminal record, said he was smuggling the drugs to Australia to help pay off debts owed by his twin brother Khoa.

After the execution, Nguyen's lawyer and Khoa, wearing yellow ribbons, emerged stony-faced from the prison.

In Nguyen's home city Melbourne, hundreds of his supporters bowed their heads in silence at a church as a bell tolled 25 times to mark his execution, once for every year of his life.

A silent vigil for Nguyen also drew hundreds of people to a plaza in central Sydney for the moment corresponding with dawn in Singapore.

While Singapore stood firm in the face of repeated calls to spare
Nguyen's life, it did bow to pleas to let him touch his mother Kim one final time Thursday, although they were unable to hug.

"They were able to hold each other's hand and Kim was able at least for some time to touch (Nguyen) on the face," lawyer Julian McMahon said. "That was a great comfort to her."

Howard, however, lamented Singapore's refusal to let Kim embrace her son."The clinical response of the Singaporean authorities to the final request of the man's mother to embrace her son -- I was particularly disappointed with that response, very disappointed," he said.

Amnesty International called the hanging a "brutal and cruel
punishment". It says Singapore has the world's highest execution rate relative to its population of just 4.2 million, including resident foreigners.

Around 420 prisoners were sent to the gallows between 1991 and 2004, Amnesty said. Singapore's home affairs ministry said 66 Singaporeans and 22 foreigners were executed between 2001 and September 2005.

Cockroach doesn’t care about the state of how many people got executed, and also not talking about should he get this punishment or not. But cockroach is touched by :

“In Nguyen's home city Melbourne, hundreds of his supporters bowed their heads in silence at a church as a bell tolled 25 times to mark his execution, once for every year of his life.”

“While Singapore stood firm in the face of repeated calls to spare Nguyen's life, it did bow to pleas to let him touch his mother Kim one final time Thursday, although they were unable to hug."
The bell tolled 25 times, once for every year of his life. His body carries his parent blood and his mother pregnant for 9 months, and after 25 years he got capital punishment.

Because he wanted to get some extra money to pay his brother debits, he ended up losing his life. Because of one mistake, he never can turn back again. And he never, ever got the change to hug his mother again.

I though Singapore is a heartland? Why? Why have to take away a life just like that?!?! We are all born by our mothers! Can’t we feel how the mother is feeling? How sad will it be when she loses his child because his child wants to earn some cash because of his brother! Why? Someone tell me why? I think we should talk and see human touch first before talking about law. (In case you don’t know what the last sentence means, I am trying to said “讲人情先再讲法律。”

Okay, I a bit too agitated, I just think that it is not worth it, not worth it at all.

P.S: if when I die, there is church bell toll once of every year of my life (or something like that, I am not Christian), hundreds and thousand of people bowed their heads in silence; I die also die very happy. I know cockroach very bad, someone got handed and I talk about this. But, will this happen one day?


At 12/03/2005 01:36:00 PM





Posted by wai foong

At 12/03/2005 04:09:00 PM

wai foong, I think that Singapore goverment have a super cold heart. Image, the son and his mother can't each other again, they are 阴阳相隔. and when the guy got hanged, for the very last breath still think of his mother. And at that very second, his mother had lost a child just liek that. ....wahh...cockroach read newspaper also cry. (Cockroach thinks too much)

Maybe Sigaporeans think that hanging people is very normal in Singapore as Singapore had been hanging people for dokeys years. Evn UN stand up and ask Singapore not to hang that person, but Singapore is too firm on that.

Not only people at that country, even online. One of my online friend blocked (or even deleted) my contact in MSN because of this. And even ask me how come Singaporeans can live in such (don't know what word) law of the country. Sometimes, I really don't know how to answer, and sometimes, I wish I am not a Singaporeans in the secnese of law, freedom of speech, anything that make singapore look bad. 

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂

At 12/03/2005 06:16:00 PM



若俺们的政府这么容易在其他的国家的压力下改变俺们的立场的话, 其国家,尤其是那些想要欺负俺们政府的"大"国家就会效仿.



Posted by Wai Foong

At 12/03/2005 11:30:00 PM



Posted by Anonymous

At 12/04/2005 03:05:00 AM

Wai Foong,说的也是。Singapore must be firm, if not it would can targeted.

Anonymous,当我做决定时,有时会很想逃避。因为有时做一个决定可能会把一个家庭brake them up。有时,可能,我的决定是wrong的。不过还是要做一个决定。决定,可以是别人做,也可以使自己做。 

Posted by cockroach//蟑螂

At 12/04/2005 11:38:00 PM

There are always multiple perspectives, and depending on how we look at it, they might be all correct. To Nguyen's family, they might see the Singapore Govt as being "cold blooded" as you say. To the Australians and Singaporeans who oppose the death penalty, they see the punishment as being cruel. To families and victims of drug addiction, they see the punishment as a just one, and that the Singapore Govt. should be commended. Are they right or wrong? Personally, I feel that we must all remember that the Singapore's law to hang drug traffickers was not enacted overnight, and not because of Nguyen. The law has always been there. Nguyen made a choice (I don't believe in such a thing as "no choice") and he paid the price. That's how things are. Am I cold hearted to think this way? I don't know. All I know is I choose not to deal with drugs. Period. 

Posted by Ivan Chew

At 12/05/2005 04:33:00 AM

Ivan Chew, maybe I think too much, because I never though of hanging and thoes stuff. It is until I read the news then I become so sad.

You know what, when the "big wave" happen last year in 26 Dec, I also crying when watching the news or reading newspaper. I can't take it when someone had passon even though they are not related to me at all.

And I recived your E-Mail. Thanks! 

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