Sunday, November 27, 2005

Australian PM Howard warns Singapore of resentment over hanging

Many Australians feel resentment towards Singapore? I was wondering why can't PM John Howard just ask the Australian media to portray Nguyen as a greedy drug trafficker who gambled with his life and lost....so Australians wouldn't feel so bad when he is hanged. They should learn how to write these type of articles from the Straits Times. Singaporeans are lucky, we don't have to deal with a guilty conscience when Nguyen is hanged, we will all sleep well thanks to the Straits Times who did not humanise him - to Singaporeans he is just a drug trafficker.

What is wrong with Australians anyway? Just one small time salesman, they whole country stands up for him. When Singaporeans get death penalty, everyone goes on with their lives like nothing happened, just like that Shanmugum feller who was hanged for 1 Kg of cannabis. Cannabis itself does not kill. The logic is cannabis can cause a person to like drugs, then move on to hard drugs, then become hooked on cocaine afterwards risk death by overdose - therefore the cannabis trafficker must hang. For that reason, I support death penalty for gambling den operators - they cause the gambler to be hooked and then commit suicide when they are finacially ruined. I'm sure the intellectually superior PAP govt done their due diligence when they decide to allow the casino, they are confident no life will the ruin or lost otherwise the death penalty logic has to apply.

We are lucky to be Singaporeans, we have a govt that has applied cold logic consistently to ensure that our safety is never compromised. We should therefore resist the influence and flawed logic of those Australians who are emotional and can't see our pure rationality.


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Australian PM Howard warns Singapore of resentment over hanging

Prime Minister John Howard has warned Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the possibility that many Australians might feel resentment towards the city state if it goes ahead with the planned execution of a convicted drug trafficker from Melbourne.
Howard met with his Singaporean counterpart at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta on Saturday and discussed the plight of Nguyen Tuong Van, who is due to be hanged on December 2.
"I had quite a talk with him this afternoon. I told him that the feeling about the execution was intense in Australia," Howard told reporters, according to a transcript released from his office.
"I said that it would continue in my opinion to grow through the week.
"I did not get the indication that the Singapore government was going to change its position in any way in relation to the decision to go ahead with the execution."
The case of Nguyen, who was convicted of bringing some 400 grams (14 ounces) of heroin into Singapore as he travelled from Cambodia to Australia in 2002, has been the subject of intense diplomatic efforts, which have so far failed to grant him clemency.
Howard has refused to bring the matter up formally at the Commonwealth meeting but he and New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark have raised the issue informally with Lee.
Howard said that he had informed Lee that public opinion in Australia, where boycotts of Singapore-owned companies have been suggested, would be against Singapore's decision.
"I... have an obligation to explain to the government of Singapore that there will be lingering resentment on the part of many Australians regarding this issue," he said.
Howard said he had "tried in all the appropriate ways" to persuade Singapore to spare Nguyen's life but admitted he had been in a difficult situation.
"I also have the responsibility of calibrating what I do on this with regard to the relationship between our two countries and the interests that both countries have in that relationship," he said.
"It's quite a hard situation. Singapore, of course, is a close partner of Australia but they do have attitudes on these issues that I don't share.
"I don't think a mandatory death penalty in a situation like this is appropriate."

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why can't Howard 'ask' the Australian media to portay Nguyen as a greedy drug trafficker? Probably because they wouldn't listen. Unlike the Singaporean media, the Australian media are allowed to write whatever they like - and in doing so give more of the picture than you get in one-eyed Singapore where Lee Hsien Loong and his mates get to tell Singaporeans what they should think.

Anonymous said...

ATTACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Lucky, you are truly a genius, you realise this don't you? :) To the first two anonymous posters here I don't think I could say the same thing. Tip guys : look up "satire" in the dictionary.

Anonymous said...

If only u'd reduce the childish grammar and make the satire more subtle...u'd be the next george orwell writing animal farm..:) keep it up...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1:26am : "u'd" reduce the childish grammar? "george orwell" as opposed to "George Orwell". Are YOU writing satire now?

Anonymous said...

Howard is playing a deception game, he keeps the media and the people busy with an idiot who will be hanged no matter what, while he and his cronies silently push thru bills that will give him additional muscle power (Anti-terror bill) and ultimate control over the labour force (IR reforms) without the scrutiny of the public eye. How smart is that?

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry Singaporeans have left such a bad taste in the mouths of the Australians. Truly, the media has done a wonderful job in glorifying Nguyen. Lasry said, "At some point the Singapore government have got to be made to understand that as a first world country, the rest of the world will not tolerate a mandatory death penalty." Now... if only the Australians could settle down and take a look at their favourite ally, America...

Oh, and one more question, how many Australians are involved in drug cases so far? To all those who resent Singaporeans, kindly take off your false sense of moral superiority, take a quick look at your own backyards before you interfere with the sovereignty and laws of other countries!

Vietnamese Underground said...

I know that the singaporeans will be killed or hung when they get into Australia. This is the revenge by Nguyen's friends

Anonymous said...

is that why you guys are only capable of? more crimes?

Anonymous said...

Just proves the point that killing is a cycle. If you don't stop it it keeps going on and on.. Vengeance is inferior to justice.

Ereserves said...

Anonymous said...
Lucky, you are truly a genius, you realise this don't you? :) To the first two anonymous posters here I don't think I could say the same thing. Tip guys : look up "satire" in the dictionary.

2:21 PM

i believe most people here are able to grasp the meaning of satire, and the implications it brings. STOP trying to impose your superior logic, and STOP thinking as if you are the only one who understands what satire is, and are therefore very smart.

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