Have you made mistakes when you were young? Of course you did. So did Yong Vui Kong. But the one difference between most of you and Yong Vui Kong, is that he only has a limited time to live because of it. Yong Vui Kong’s mistake was possession of 47 grams of heroin. In Singapore, possession of over 15 grams of heroin will earn you the death sentence. In the article, “Singapore authorities urged to save Malaysian man from execution,” written by Amnesty International, they write in detail about his current situation in Singapore.
I can clearly see why the Singaporean government has put this law into play. They want to weaken the drug trade in Singapore. But, why do they have to be so harsh? This man will lose his life for something he did. I admit, it is a little bit risky and he probably was not thinking when he got into drugs. But this is a young man! If they let him learn by putting him in prison, maybe he would become a better person. Actually, I think he will most likely learn from his mistake. If this man was caught with drugs, you know he must not be a very smart person to begin with. But you have to think, how could you kill someone so young, with so much to learn? You would take away their entire life that they have ahead of them, all because of a stupid mistake. That is morally unacceptable to me. Another fact that upsets me greatly is the fact that the boss of operations was NOT prosecuted, and yet one of his ‘henchmen’ is being put to death. Amnesty International writes, “Yong’s lawyer cited the Singapore attorney general’s decision not to prosecute the alleged mastermind of the drug operation, dropping 26 charges against the Singaporean who was Yong’s boss.” That is simply absurd. I have my doubts about the honesty of the Singapore attorney general.
I used to think that Singapore’s laws were fair and just, except for the massive fines for things that happen all the time, like spitting and chewing gum. But now, after learning about this situation, my view of Singapore has changed greatly. One factor contributing to my change of mindset is the attorney general that seems to not be very honest, like he should be. It is outrageous that such things have to happen. I am afraid for this man, and I know that he is afraid for himself. Really, he is only a few years older than my older brother. I can’t imagine my older brother being prosecuted for something like this, there would be too much grief.