25 Nov 2005

Fears Singapore execution linked to shortened military exercise

From ABC News

A former RSL official says the forthcoming execution of an Australian drug trafficker in Singapore may have led to a military exercise being cut short in central Queensland.

Former Rockhampton RSL president Keith Joyce says he has been told the Singapore Armed Forces have cut the exercise at Shoalwater Bay by a week, and are now due to fly out by December 2, the day that Van Nguyen is due to hang.

Mr Joyce says there is concern about a possible backlash towards Singapore troops in central Queensland.

He says Singapore's refusal to stop the execution is damaging valuable military ties.

"I see the aircraft coming over my house every day, the trucks going past with the armoured vehicles on them," he said.

"We have obviously a very close link with Singapore and if the pleas of our Government, of our Prime Minister and of our Foreign Minister aren't having any effect on them, it makes me wonder why we are so closely involved with them at all."

5 comments:

strom said...

"We have obviously a very close link with Singapore and if the pleas of our Government, of our Prime Minister and of our Foreign Minister aren't having any effect on them, it makes me wonder why we are so closely involved with them at all."

Because unlike you bunch of crack heads, we take our drug offences seriously?

Anonymous said...

So, are you also going to take your life seriously if you're to be executed too? Or if the sg govt wants to send you to fight in a war, are you afraid that once you go and you'll never come back?
If you are for the above two causes, then your life must be just as precious as others, isn't it?

poisonabbis said...

Strom and Anonymous, if you are over 18 then you have choices in life, you can live your life anyway it suits you, as long as you do not hurt people of course.

Once you make your choices in life you do not need the s/gov to babysit you, luckily you are in free Oz.

Anonymous said...

Then, we must make sure to vote for the right leader who does not favour war or death sentence because he will only dictate and will sacrifice others' lives.

lee hsien tau said...

Bad news dude. Who do you make out as the right leader who does not favour war or death sentence?

Ex-military types would then be out.
>BG Lee
>BG Yeo
>AD Teo

Justice Bao and his gang of misfits would also be out.
>Prof what's his name
>Chan Chao
>Micky Mouse
>Wang Chao and Mah Han
>Chang Long and Chow Pai
>etc

Who to vote for dude?