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.
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."