Malaysiakini did a good job with this video!
It’s not just a matter of compassion – a young man, poor, in wrong company, druggie, etc – it is also a matter of legal rights, of executive interference in the courts, and about our rights as citizens and Malaysia’s responsibility to protect its citizens.
22 year old Yong Vui Kong, could be anyone or everyone. Read his story here.
WHY is Malaysia not intervening in this case of young Yong Vui Kong on death row in SIngapore? Is it because there is no political mileage for them in it. Or is it because it is Singapore?
“Malaysians, I am sad to say do not get the right treatment, not like Filipinos, Indonesians….” Ravi, the lawyer said. Isn’t that staggering?
Malaysia has in the past intervened in cases outside the country, for example, the case of a young university science graduate from a poor Malaysian family of rice farmers, Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, 24.
Am I missing something here?
She was was charged with the death penalty for having 2.9 kilograms of drugs in her luggage when she was arrested at Shantou airport in 2008 (read here: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=40878 ).
Umno and PAS actively campaigned to free Umi, and this has led the government to intervene, where she was brought home and her death sentence commute to life.
In another development, a young citizen who was detained for over a year in Laos for alleged human trafficking was freed after intervention of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Wisma Putra and the Umno Youth Community Complaints Bureau. (read here: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/6/5/nation/6405611&sec=nation )
So again, why isn’t anyone from Malaysia bothered about Yong?