14 Mar 2012: Judgement reserved at Yong Vui Kong’s hearing
5 April, 2011: Joint statement by Think Centre and Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign on Yong Vui Kong’s appeal verdict ;See my post here on the appeal verdict
3 April 2011: Yong Vui Kong’s final verdict
1 April 2011: Verdict has has been rescheduled to 3pm on 4th April at Court of Appeal.
9 Feb 2011: MARUAH sends appeal to the President
26 Jan 2011: [Video] Yong’s Story – Witness – Al Jazeera English
22 Jan 2011: Reprieve but living on borrowed time
16 Jan 2011: Blog-A-Thon for Vui Kong
Aug 31, 2010: Vui Kong’s appeal against the High Court’s decision on judicial review set for the week commencing 17 January 2011; Abolish death penalty says Malaysia’s Law Minister & Weighing the death penalty
August 20, 2010: Will Yong Vui Kong be hanged on Aug 26?; Save Vui Kong from the hangman! – Lawyers for Liberty; Past presidents powerless, never actually decided clemencies?; Singapore High Court dismisses application for judicial review of clemency process
August 17, 2010: Malaysian activists cry murder over Singapore government’s hanging of Vignes Mourthi; Audio/text of Asia Calling’s report on Alan Shadrake & his book Once A Jolly Hangman; Vignes Mourthi and Yong Vui Kong
August 2, 2010: See my post here about “Give Vui Kong A Second Chance” event
July 31, 2010: The boy’s mother
July 26, 2010: TOC update reports M. Ravi’s application for judicial review will be heard on 28th July 2010 at 10am in the High Court but he is asking for postponement as he has two other cases during that time including Alan Shadrake’s contempt of court hearing on 30th July.
July 22, 2010: Save Vui Kong Campaign kicks off in Sabah (with photos and Vui Kong’s letter to his mother on her birthday in 2010); Death row inmate Yong Vui Kong’s lawyer M. Ravi files for judicial review of Singapore government’s clemency process
July 21, 2010: Wanted: 100,000 signatures by 23rd August to save Vui Kong
July 8, 2010: Singapore’s media buries its head
June 21, 2010: Malaysian Minister to meet Yong’s lawyer
June 10, 2010: Singapore government attempts to defend its harsh drug laws
May 17, 2010: Vui Kong’s lawyer, M.Ravi, has 3 months to submit a clemency petition to the President. Read A letter to Yong Vui Kong
May 14, 2010: My post here on the rejection of the appeal; Mandatory death penalty constitutional, says court – TOC; Judges dismissed Yong’s appeal and Pondering on… – Rachel Zeng; Singapore’s decision to maintain mandatory death penalty for drugs criticised by IHRA
May 10, 2010: TOC facebook update says judgement on Vui Kong’s appeal will be heard this Friday, 14 May at 11am, in the Court of Appeal
Mar 29, 2010 update: Yong Vui Kong – the defence’s argument
Mar 22, 2010 update: Global Voices Online – Singapore: Anti-Death Penalty Campaign
Mar 20, 2010 update: The Anti-Mandatory Death Penalty Photo Project
Mar 16, 2010 update: The Guardian – Heroin smuggler challenges Singapore death sentence. From TOC – M Ravi: Death penalty should not be dispensed ‘in an automated, robotic, spasmodic approach’ and Discretion to the judges – judgment reserved
Mar 15, 2010 update: Singapore’s Court of Appeal reserves judgment
Mar 8, 2010 update: See Rachel’s post Hoping for the best
Jan 27, 2010 update: Watch Singaporeans’ views on the mandatory death penalty.
Dec 13 update: Read my post here on the Coffee Shop murder case of 1989.
Dec 12 update: Reform Party press release on the death penalty.
Dec 11 update: A TOC facebook post reports Vui Kong’s appeal hearing is set for March 15, 2010 (Mon). Read SDP repeats call to abolish mandatory death penalty.
Dec 10 update: Read the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign’s statement here on the granting of extension of time for Vui Kong to appeal. Read Lianain Flims’ post Vui Kong’s story – The Hearing here. Read Ben Bland’s post Outlook for Yong Vui Kong still bleak despite rare reprieve.
Dec 9 update: Read TOC’s report Yong Vui Kong given opportunity to appeal and Rachel’s post Court of Appeal grants Yong a second stay of execution.
Dec 8 update: Yong Vui Kong’s appeal to the Court of Appeal will be heard today at 10 am at Supreme Court bldg, Level 9. M Ravi is representing Vui Kong at the hearing to ask the Court to approve an application for Vui Kong to make an appeal. Read Amnesty Malaysia’s urgent appeal here. FYI, I also update my twitter. 1650hrs: Read TOC’s Court of Appeal grants Vui Kong a hearing, and a second stay of execution.
Dec 6 update: Read about the event Vui Kong, We Care today, 6 Dec, at Speakers Corner at 4pm. Read Ben Bland’s Why Singapore hides the human face of the death penalty.
Dec 5 update: Read Rachel’s post Updates on Yong Vui Kong and TOC’s Editorial: Media silence on Yong Vui Kong a national shame.
Dec 4 update: Read Rachel’s post Attorney-General is challenging the stay
Dec 3 update: Read TOC’s report High Court grants rare stay of execution
Dec 2 update: TOC facebook post – The High Court has granted Yong Vui Kong’s application for a stay of his execution. Yong was scheduled to be hanged this Friday, 4 Dec. His appeal to the Court of Appeal will now be heard next Tuesday. TOC will have a report on today’s hearing soon.
Dec 1 update: Lawyer M. Ravi will be making a final appeal to save Yong Vui Kong from the hangman’s noose which is scheduled for 4 Dec (Fri). The appeal will be heard before Judge Woo Bih Li at 10am tomorrow, 2 Dec, at Level 6, Court 6D at the Supreme Court bldg. See here for directions. Read also Rachel’s blog post here.
According to a TOC facebook update, Yong Vui Kong will be hanged by the Singapore government on Dec 4, 2009 (Fri). These State-sponsored killings ‘normally’ take place at 6am on Fridays. Read this article for an idea about Vui Kong’s final days.
Statement from the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign
The President has responded to the petition for clemency of Yong Vui Kong sent in by the Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign (SADPC) through his Principal Private Secretary Mr. Tan Eng Beng.
“I am directed to refer to the petition for clemency of Yong Vui Kong and to inform you that the President, after due consideration of the petition and on the advice of the Cabinet, has decided that the sentence of death should stand.”
According to the date stated on the letter, the statement was issued on 20 November 2009. M Ravi, lawyer for Yong and co-campaigner of the SADPC, received the letter on 26 November 2009.
Yong has also signed a document agreeing to donate his organs.
Although no date has been fixed yet, he is expected to hang the week after next.
M Ravi has been allowed to talk to his client and will do so in the week to come. Further legal action to save Yong in this short amount of time, is being planned. Let’s all hope for the best.
Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign firstname.lastname@example.org
From Rachel’s blog post,
The anti-death penalty campaign in Singapore has been held under much criticisms from the supporters of the death penalty. I think that the supporters of the death penalty have misunderstood our point. I would like to further reinforce that the whole point about the anti-death penalty campaign is that there are many other ways the judiciary can punish those who commit crimes. The death penalty is not the way because it takes away lives and because it leaves no room for rehabilitation and repentance. We are not saying that being a drug mule is right, not saying that any other crimes are right. We are saying that the death penalty is not a solution at all.
Note: Scanned image of petition from Ravi Philemon’s article on the forum.