As an anti-death penalty believer in Singapore (signed online petitions, attended the anti-death penalty vigil for Ngyuen and traced my hands and wrote a message for the reach out campaign, contributed a review for the event, posted it on Singabloodypore, translated related articles from the Australian press into Mandarin and posted it on my personal blog. I even got into a heated argument with my mother who believes that the death penalty is an effective deterrence to drug trafficking and the Singapore government is right to go ahead with the execution. I can only blame it on the local Mandarin media news which she is constantly being fed with)
I am extremely upset that many Singaporeans are either unaware or unconcerned about the issue. I used to be one of them but am no longer bought over by the deceptive logic and twisted reasoning that the government has desperately wanted me to believe in.
The media reports in Australia paints a bleak picture of Singaporeans who have not voiced out against death penalty. Certainly, a proportion of the population is not educated on this issue because of the media blackout.
On the other hand, I believe it shows a certain level of ignorance, apathy, and self-indulgence on the majority of Singaporeans who are ironically Internet savvy and yet refused to do more online research on this life and death threatening topic.
One can debate on why we should remove the death penalty but this is not my intention of the letter because far too many compulsive and well-researched articles and arguments have been written.
Instead, I would be open on what I am going to say here; that this is first and foremost an emotive letter.
I would like to apologise to Ngyuen and his family and friends as a Singaporean for the grave injustice that has been and will be done to him. The acts of the Singapore government does not represent my beliefs and in this particular instance and with regards to death penalty; is definitely incongruent and an abhorrence to what I believe in.
As such, I am ashamed as a Singaporean to see that the government has chosen to go ahead with the execution despite pressure from the Australians, UN and EU.
I am disappointed with the cowed and propagandistic Singapore press which has refused to give balanced coverage of the issue.
I am infuriated at the government that has refused to look at the mitigating circumstances surrounding the case and its stubborn stance on the death penalty.
I am sorry for my fellow citizens who believes in the death penalty and who has refused to see that it contravenes the very basic universal human right to life.
I am regretful that there are Singaporeans who are not educated about the issue; and hope that they would soon show concern and actively seek to repeal the law.
I would like to salute the actions of the Singaporeans, Australians, Activists and concerned individuals who have organized and participated in the information dissemination, anti-death penalty forums, petitions and reach out campaigns to abolish the death penalty or at least try to save the live of Ngyuen
Brought up as a Singaporean, I was told that I should be proud of what my country has achieved over the years despite our size. We have a world class Singapore Airlines; a busy trading port and a clean and beautiful city coupled with an efficient public transport system that will make any nations green with envy.
Unfortunately, I have felt less so as I begin to see her in a clearer light. I have even begun to understand why some has chosen to leave for greener pastures.
This very basic issue of granting a person clemency and his right to life in spite of strong mitigating evidence has exposed what the government is.
Nevertheless, I still hold on to the hope that a miracle will occur. I am optimistic that more Singaporeans will see a clearer picture on this issue and speak out against the death penalty; that we will join our heads, hands and hearts to fight against this form of unjust and barbaric state sanctioned killing.