Monday, December 07, 2009

Yong Vui Kong (21) may be hanged on 11/12/09 - and why is UMNO, MCA, Government not doing anything to get his sentence commuted ?

There seem to be different treatment by Malaysian government, UMNO, MCA, PAS, ....of different Malaysians facing the death penalty...Why?

Let us look at the response in the Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim( 24) and Ong Kim Fatt's case when the UMNO, MCA and government went all out to save these Malaysians from the death penalty...Why is there no similar response to ALL cases of death penalty involving Malaysians

Yong Vui Kong was arrested in June 2007, when he was 19, by officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau. He was charged with trafficking 42.27 grams of heroin, and then sentenced to death in January 2009. Yong Vui Kong received a stay of execution on 3 December, but is now scheduled for execution on 11 December. His appeal will be heard by the Court of Appeals on 8 December.

Is it a matter of gender discrimination? Both men and women get duped ....and unjustly end up with the death penalty... not just the 'lasses' or the 'girls' 
Malaysian lasses are an easy lot to charm. They are easily smitten by sweet words and gifts, making them an easy target for drug-trafficking syndicates looking for mules. 

This is the view of Deputy Foreign Minister A. Kohilan Pillay, who said young Malaysian girls, some fresh graduates, were easily conned by men from the syndicates to travel abroad with a package.

“Some of the girls meet the men abroad and some meet them in Malaysia.

“There have been cases where girls just knew the men for a day and were willing to travel around with a bag, not knowing the contents,” he said at the launch of the Wanita MCA women and children’s aid and public complaints bureau in Kepong yesterday. Star, 1/11/2009, Malaysian girls easily duped

Is it matter of which country? ASEAN neighbours or some other country?

Ong Kim Fatt

The Malaysian Government has sent an appeal to its Chinese counterpart for Ong Kim Fatt, who is on death row in China, to be granted clemency, Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong said.

“We have sent a letter to the Chinese government appealing for Ong’s death sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment,” Lee told a press conference at Wisma MCA yesterday.Star, 24/4/2009, Govt asks that death row man be given life sentence instead
Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, 24,  - successful campaign manage to get the Chinese government not to kill her...but commute her death penalty to life imprisonment
Malaysia's unshakable stand on the death penalty appears to be wavering as a country unites in sympathy and outrage over the plight of a young Malay woman sentenced to death in China for allegedly acting as a drug courier.

Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, 24, a university science graduate from a poor Malay family of rice farmers, admitted to having 2.9 kilograms in her luggage when she was arrested at Shantou airport last January....
The case is fast-developing into an emotive national issue. Politicians have set aside their differences to halt Lazim's execution. The ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and its rival the Islamic fundamentalist Pan Malaysian Islamic Party are even vying in their efforts.

Both are collecting money for the family, working to arrange family visits and promising they will save Lazim from execution. - IPS, 23/1/2008,
DEATH PENALTY: Beijing Sentence Shakes Malaysia's Own Policy

And, the good news is that we managed to get the Chinese authorities to commute the death penalty to life imprisonment.

The news that her death sentence had been commuted to a life term helped to mend a rift in the family of Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, the Kelantanese girl languishing in a Chinese prison after being found guilty of drug trafficking....However, all was forgiven when they received the good news that Umi Azlim's death sentence had been commuted to a life term by the Guangzhou High Court last week.- asiaone news, 11/10/2008, Umi Azlim's life term a relief for family
See earlier post, including:-

Is Pakatan for the abolition of the death penalty? Malaysian girls easily duped (Star)

Malaysia wants death sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment..

DEATH PENALTY: Beijing Sentence Shakes Malaysia's Own Policy


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