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."
25 Nov 2005
From ABC News