By Chow Ying, Save Vui Kong Campaign Coodinator
The family of Cheong Chun Yin, a 28 year old Malaysian who is in death row in Singapore for drug trafficking, submitted a petition with 8778 signatures to the Singapore President Mr SR Nathan at 10 am, today.
The petition is a plea to stop the imminent execution of Chun Yin and to urge the prosecution to re-open Chun Yin’s case.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia just recently announced that 833 out of the 1,880 Malaysians detained overseas as of March 31 this were for drug-related offences.
Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Richard Riot said that those who were caught with drug related offences were most often cheated into becoming drug mules, and young girls and single mothers are among the most common victim of such tactics.
Cheong Chun Yin is one such example of a innocent victims.
The Save Vui Kong Campaign is glad to learn that the authority recognises the root of the problem concerning drug trafficking. Since these people are indeed innocent victims, the authority has a responsibility to help and support them, including providing legal counsel, as well as using all diplomatic means to ensure that the victims’ rights are respected and protected. This is the obligation of the State.
At the same time, let us not forget that our laws also impose harsh punishment, a mandatory death sentence for drug trafficking. A month ago, the Shah Alam High Court has handed down a death sentence to a single mother convicted in drug trafficking. This young woman is from Singapore, fell in love with a man who had gained her trust and misguided her into bring drug into Malaysia.
They are the easy target for drug barons.
These laws have ended many lives, leaving their family devastated.
And yet, the drug barons will continue to use them. They will continue to be victimised.
While we welcome the authority’s call for people to be cautious, the government must now look at and re-examine the laws and policies relating to drugs. Drugs lead to destruction, we recognise that, but if we put all the responsibilities onto the drug mule alone by hanging them, it would not solve the problem, instead, innocent people will be executed.
On behalf of Cheong Chun Yin’s family, we thank you for your concern and support. At the same time, we urge the Singapore government to seriously look into Cheong Chun Yin’s plea, and the Malaysia government to take proactive steps to curb such incidents in the future.