Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) pledges full support for the Save Vui Kong campaign on both compassionate and legal grounds.
We call upon to the Government to prepare to take the violation of his right to clemency by Singapore Law Minister to International Court of Justice (ICJ) if necessary. As a matter of principle, the Government must fully back Yong Vui Kong’s right as a citizen even though he is a convict.
Legal Issue of Prejudgement
Before even he made his clemency plea to the Singapore President, Singapore Law Minister, Mr K Shumugan, had made a statement in May that Yong cannot be pardoned. Such pre-judgement has violated Yong’s right to seek clemency under the Singapore Constitution and is against the principle of natural justice.
It is therefore heartening that Foreign Minsiter YB Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman has made a pledge on July 5 in the Parliament lobby that Malaysian government “will do everything possible within its power” to seek clemency for Yong.
We trust that “everything possible” includes the preparation of the Malaysia government to file a complaint to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the violation of Yong’s right to clemency plea.
To signal Malaysia’s political will to defend Yong, the Foreign Ministry should send its legal experts to follow Yong’s application for judicial review on the presidential power to grant clemency.
We plea for YB Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman’s urgent attention to the matter as the deadline for Yong’s clemency plea is August 26, 2010. The clemency plea will be his last avenue should his application for the judicial review be rejected.
Yong Vui Kong was only 18 when caught trafficking drugs to Singapore. Coming from a broken family and virtually illiterate, he was forced to find job in Kuala Lumpur to support his mom.
She earned RM 200 a month as a dish-washer and survived on two RM-1 meals per day. His future was denied by poverty and lack of education.
Fully repentant of his past sins, the 22-year-old Yong is only asking for a second chance for redemption. He only wants to share his life lesson with others from similar marginalized background so that they will not replicate his mistakes.
KLSCAH appeals for the wisdom and compassion of the Singapore Government to see that pardoning Yong will only help and not harm Singapore’s anti-drug and anti-crime policy. We call upon the public to endorse the Save Vui Kong Petition.