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Vui Kong is still in Changi Prison today, serving a life sentence

7 years ago today, I posted this on my Facebook page.

Vui Kong is alive today because of the tireless work of activists and in particular his lawyer, M Ravi, who worked pro bono – for almost 5 years – to save him from being hanged.

Ravi snatched him from the noose just 2 days before he was due to be hanged in 2009.

Without a pro bono lawyer to fight for him, this teenager would be long dead today.

Vui Kong was 19 when he was caught for trafficking drugs into Singapore.

Born and lived in Sabah, Malaysia, he was illiterate, and grew up on the streets with gangs, which eventually led him to drugs.

His case, championed by activists both here in Singapore and in Malaysia, also led to the govt tweaking the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) in 2012, allowing judges discretion to pass alternative sentences instead of the mandatory death penalty for such offences.

Vui Kong is still in Changi Prison today, serving a life sentence.

Is it right to sentence a boy to death, or life in prison, for a non-violent offence, where the victim is complicit in the consequences he or she (the victim) suffers?

 

Andrew Loh

 

 

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15 Responses to “Vui Kong is still in Changi Prison today, serving a life sentence”

  • As far as I know, if Vui was sentenced in China to life, that would mean at most a solid 24 years behind bars (excluding remission), therefore he would be released 19+24=43 years old, as a middle-age man, still plenty of time ahead of him.

    However, I understand that in Sinkieland, they don’t have this arrangement and life means life, therefore Vui would rot and die of old age in prison.

    If this is indeed the case, I would ask what’s the difference between life and death since one would never leave the prison at all.

    Might as well die and get it over with instead of suffering in prison, dio bo?

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  • Alichonalia:

    In the us of a, there is such thing as “ life w/o the possibility of a parole “ .

    This is in fact worst than death penalty!

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    TRE Techie:
    As far as I know, if Vui was sentenced in China to life, that would mean at most a solid 24 years behind bars (excluding remission), therefore he would be released 19+24=43 years old, as a middle-age man, still plenty of time ahead of him.

    However, I understand that in Sinkieland, they don’t have this arrangement and life means life, therefore Vui would rot and die of old age in prison.

    If this is indeed the case, I would ask what’s the difference between life and death since one would never leave the prison at all.

    Might as well die and get it over with instead of suffering in prison, dio bo?

    I am NO legal eagle but I remember Life in Singapore was 20 years in the 60s following British Law but then a Bastard Change it the way he changed everything to suit his Evil Ways

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Andrew Loh,

    You asked :

    ” Is it right to sentence a boy to death, or life in prison, for a non-violent offence, where the victim is complicit in the consequences he or she (the victim) suffers? ”

    Good conscienceable question.

    SIMON LIM is the best person who can help you clear your conscience.

    Simon Lim, if you are reading this, please can you answer to Andrew ?

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  • xoxo:

    So,after so many years,has the police caught jis boss?
    Or,is his bOSs wining n dining n singing karoke with the police chief n justice?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear Andrew, you said “Is it right to sentence a boy to death, or life in prison, for a non-violent offence, where the victim is complicit in the consequences he or she (the victim) suffers?”

    I would to ask this question to you :
    Do you allow non-violent offence to wreck the society with rampant drug pushing, promoting and taking ?”

    The offence maybe non-violent, but it ability to create havoc to a society is super high… just look at old China and now Philipine ?

    So do you still think the offence is non violent ?

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  • Zhenzidan:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Andrew, you said “Is it right to sentence a boy to death, or life in prison, for a non-violent offence, where the victim is complicit in the consequences he or she (the victim) suffers?”

    I would to ask this question to you :
    Do you allow non-violent offence to wreck the society with rampant drug pushing, promoting and taking ?”

    The offence maybe non-violent, but it ability to create havoc to a society is super high… just look at old China and now Philipine ?

    So do you still think the offence is non violent ?

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
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    Lazy, Unmotivated, Whinning Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

    Hey Dumbfuck, at least I finally read something sensible from you.

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  • I am not against the death penalty wholly. I merely felt that it should be applied to the most extreme of cases and here is I think where China’s laws are much “fairer” in terms of death penalty.

    They execute only the most extreme of cases like murder and drug kingpin but are flexible in its application against drug offences without mandatory death.

    I think for drug mule, long sentence is fine but should not extend to death as the “victim” has a choice (of whether to take the drugs) as opposed to murder where normally the victim has no choice.

    What do you think?

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  • Ah…

    Which is why I say why bother to keep someone in prison forever and waste state resources?

    If the gahment has no provision to allow those on “life” to ever leave, might as well replace “life” with death. Save state resources, save prisoner’s torture, all short and sweet.

    The US of A has such a barbaric system in place where one can serve 1000 years behind bars, you say stoopid or not? Religion or otherwise, it is always not a godo thing to take someone’s life, so better to have an independent parole system to give these people a new chance in life, if the court deems them not jialut until must kenna death.

    IMHO, I think “life” is a more barbaric and cruel a form of punishment than death. Sometimes I wonder if those anti-death-penalty advocates when they “save” someone from the hanger, were they helping the convict or saboing them should they be commuted to “life”, i.e. rot and die in prison?

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  • John Richards:

    The Govt says the death penalty serves as a deterrent. However, has it worked? Are drug cases drastically down? The last time I checked, nothing has changed. Hanging young impressionable boys and girls serves no purpose. Put them in prison for a maximum of 10 years or so and re-educate them. If radicalized muslims are treated in this manner, why not drug offenders?

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  • TUMASIK Patriot:

    The Evil Bastard Lie Con You took this STANCE to prove his TOUGHNESS as in many other areas of TOUGH policies…

    when in actual “Fact he is a FAKE” toughie…

    Rational Rules need NOT be toughened to make life BETTER…it is the Rule of Law by reason and NOT “Rule By Law” through FEAR as the bast**d did to make life better for all and NOT just a few…

    Every Life is worthy of Living… most of all the Living Soul in the warmth of its Mother Womb murdered through LEEgal Abortion to CONtrol the Population NOW infested with Replaced Scoundrels & Scalawags and a sprinkling of Talents for the Lost Souls

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  • @John Richards

    I am somewhat in agreement with you but the ceiling of 10 years is maybe too low, say 20 would be a good figure (got 1/3 remission one, so actual time served is only about 13+ years).

    I am also not against the death penalty but I feel that it should be reserved for the most extreme of cases (resulting in death), like what China is doing.

    1. Hang drug lords but not drug mules, who may be unsuspecting victims themselves.
    2. Hang murderers, serial killer by all means, I am all for it.

    Basically hang only those who have taken a life or lifes by their intentional direct action.

    It is IMHO, lame to say that drug mules or peddlers are destroying families and causing death and therefore needs to hang. The so-called victims had a choice (of not taking drugs), unlike those who were murdered. If there is any blame to go around, its the drug lord that deserves death as it was they who had started it all.

    Take me for example, when I came to China a decade ago, there were dirt cheap estacy and heroin aplenty in KTVs and Discos which I frequent. The price then was about SG$10 per straw or pack. I made it a principle to never touch them under any circumstances and I have remained clean to date. I had a choice and I made the right one.

    So which is why I say, if you know of someone who is taking drugs, don’t blame the drug mule or the peddlers. Blame the person who choose to buy and take them.

    BTW, did you know that in China, some steamboat uses Opium seed for flavouring ingredient? And should you return to Sinkieland the next day and kenna “routine drug test” at the airport, you will sure kenna positive one.

    Also did you know that most of the time I or some activist friends return to Sinkieland, we almost ALWAYS kenna “routine drug test” at the airport? So much so that instead of going through the gantry only to kenna stuck, most choose to walk to the police counter directly and ‘surrender’?

    In my case, I always have to insist that they do an instant test instead of the “urine now and wait 2 week” test, which would waste 2 weeks of my time waiting and waiting.

    The police at the airport were kind enough to assist and they would arrange for a police car to take me to CNB Cantonment and conduct the instant test there, saving me Taxi charges from Airport to Chinatown. lol

    So if you visiting China (especially for those under the radar), NEVER take steamboat with Opium seeds within 7 days (play safe mah) of leaving China for Sinkieland.

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  • liew mun leong must be jailed:

    drugs, pusher or kingpin, is wrong.

    BUT, just punishing the pusher who are mostly low waged and cornered, cannot be the solution.

    THE kingpin must be sought out, besides the death sentence, and their ill gotten wealth forfeited.

    FROM our observation, almost 99% of the loanshark kingpins drugs kingpins are from Msia, and almost 99% of Chinese origin.

    we are Chinese. we are not playing any race game. we are just stating the fact, a sad fact, the durg kingpins and loanshark kingpins with runners in pap island are 99% Msia Chinese.

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  • Sane or insane:

    TRE Techie:
    As far as I know, if Vui was sentenced in China to life, that would mean at most a solid 24 years behind bars (excluding remission), therefore he would be released 19+24=43 years old, as a middle-age man, still plenty of time ahead of him.

    However, I understand that in Sinkieland, they don’t have this arrangement and life means life, therefore Vui would rot and die of old age in prison.

    If this is indeed the case, I would ask what’s the difference between life and death since one would never leave the prison at all.

    Might as well die and get it over with instead of suffering in prison, dio bo?

    Prison is the best place & imprisonment is the best time, if & only if when one is resolute and resolve, to retract his senses and appetites from the peripheral surroundings, and be complacent & at ease.

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  • PAP.GUARANTEE.FLOP.NextGE:

    You should be hanged for ‘crimes’ against Sporeans.

    Singaporeans R Free Riders:
    Dear Andrew, you said “Is it right to sentence a boy to death, or life in prison, for a non-violent offence, where the victim is complicit in the consequences he or she (the victim) suffers?”

    I would to ask this question to you :
    Do you allow non-violent offence to wreck the society with rampant drug pushing, promoting and taking ?”

    The offence maybe non-violent, but it ability to create havoc to a society is super high… just look at old China and now Philipine ?

    So do you still think the offence is non violent ?

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.Again
    $PAP$ Tua Kee; Majullah $PAP$; $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Lazy, Unmotivated, Whinning Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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