Thursday, November 03, 2005

Singapore rescues Melbourne from Drug Menace!

In the coming weeks, Singapore will hang an Australian drug trafficker. There are many interesting facts surrounding this case not published in the Straits Times - I guess XiaXue's toilet controversy is more important than the circumstances leading to Singapore applying its death penalty. Singapore has the highest per capita execution rate in the world so taking away a person's life well is just routine and not really newsworthy. Death penalty for drug trafficking is mandatory (compulsory) above a certain amount so judges don't even need to think when they pass the death sentence.....judges have no choice so its not their fault. Even if you inadvertently bring morphine through Changi Airport intended for pain relief for earthquake victims in Pakistan, you can be hanged!....Indeed our laws are helping us to set records for capital punishment.

This Nyugen guy is really interesting:

1. This feller is a twin. Yes, there is another genetic copy of him who turned to the dark side and became involved in the underworld. He is the good twin - who was trafficking drugs to help his brother who is in debt.

2, The drugs were intended for Melbourne not Singapore - he was in transit through Singapore. So it is ironic that Melbourne is trying to rescue him and Singapore is trying to hang him....when the intended crime would harm Melbourne more than Singapore.

3. This guy studied hard to get an IT degree. He could have entered Singapore as a valued FT, made plenty of money and send it back to his brother.

4. This guy is a completely unprofessional. He carried one pack in his hand carry luggage easily caught by our highly efficient officers at Changi Airport.

5. This is his first crime. He has never been in trouble for anything. I guess it will be his last.

6. This guy has friends many friends. Friends to write to him in prison, people who will vouch for his character.

Well, it seems that he met his fate in Singapore. Anywhere else in the world, the many mitigating circumstances surrounding his crime would have allowed the judge to exercise some discretion and save him from the gallows ....but not in Singapore where the death penalty is mandatory for his crime. ..Perhaps he met a few happy lucky Singaporeans, and seeing how happy they are, he never imagined the drug laws to be so harsh. In Australia, he would have been jailed 6 to 10 years. According to the Singapore govt, our drug laws are necessary to prevent our society from being ravaged by drugs - oh yes Australia which doesn't use the death penalty must be totally ravaged - I'm so amazed by the numerous Singaporeans quitters who emigrate to Australia when they can live in Singapore...and enjoy the beneficial results of our death penalty laws ...oh they are so silly to emigrate to a dangerous country like Australia that does not use the death penalty - don't they know they are endangering their own lives!!?!


Anonymous said...

Although most of the times, i don't quite agree with the gov. policies. For this recent case, i guess that aussie had to blame himself.

As he knows singapore is a strict country, bringing drugs to this tiny weeny country will be hanged. He knew it, he risked it. And case closed.

It doesn't matter how many right things you done in life, one wrong mistake will end your destiny.

Czevak said...

"He knew it, he risked it. And case closed."

He risked it for his brother, you moron. He was trying to stop the mob bosses back home from killing his brother. Case is anything but closed. But of course the PAP agrees with you.

"It doesn't matter how many right things you done in life, one wrong mistake will end your destiny."

And do you really think that that is justice?

The high society types like Dinesh Bhatia made one or more big mistakes (consuming / supplying cocaine), but that did not "end their destiny", did it? No, because they did many right things in their lives too (like getting born to a former judge, being very rich or being very caucasian).

Molly Meek said...

He knew it; he risked it.

One day, X decided to throw Y off the cliff. Y knew that X was going to do something nasty to him, but he took the risk and went out with X.

In the end, X threw Y off the cliff.

Y knew it. Y risked it. ("Y" risk it?)

So X did nothing wrong.

Anonymous said...

Haiz.. no matter wat, i guess this is his fate bah.. if the circumstances didn't force him to do commit this offence within a time constraint (saving his brother asap), i'm sure he wouldn't risk to do drugs one. i do sympathise with him to some extend la. Let's hope his twin brother does some reflections if he manages to get out from the trouble he faces bah..

LuckySingaporean said...

I was thinking that was a good point, the PAP would be so proud of you understanding the logic : "He knew it, he risked it. And case closed."

Since we hanged so many traffickers and the drug problem has disappeared - it is probably a demand side problem.

We should hang drug addicts. Again we can cover ourselves with the same logic:"He knew it, he risked it. And case closed."....

Getting rid of both demand and supply will ELIMINATE the drug problem.

Since we hang people for supplying we might as well hang people for demanding drugs....there won't be traffickers without whose fault is it for the drug problem.

Anonymous said...

Singapore and Australia is two different countries. With different laws, different cultures, and different attitudes towards drugs. There is no clear-cut way in which you can deem either side to be right or wrong.

Regarding Singaporeans who have chosen to emigrate to Australia, that is out of their own will. It may be because of the strict laws in Singapore or for whatever other reasons... But being a singaporean who have stayed in melbourne for quite some time now, i realised that sometimes singaporeans just take things for granted. in singapore, we won't have to worry about needles buried among the sandy beaches when we're out having fun. We won't worry about people who have contracted diseases choosing to insert the needle into the cinema seats so you can be infected, solely in the name of 'playing pranks'. i believe that there are indeed many things that we, as outsiders of the case, do not see.

Whatever it is, i have lived in signapore for the whole of my life already. It really is a beautiful place.

i'm not saying that it's wrong to state your own views, but the truth is, having singaporeans criticizing singapore can be quite despairing at times... i guess this is how the world rotates.

fuzzybunn said...

There's so much argument about how "he knew it, he risked it". Then can someone tell me why, since he "knew it", he took a flight that transited in Singapore, of all places? Cheaper plane tickets?

Anonymous said...

To Czevak:

Just because tat aussie is trying to help his blooder to clear his debts.. that doesnt mean he should have a lighter sentence.

Every criminal had a sad story life, are we going to sentence them bcoz they have difficulties?

Does that gives them the right to break the law?

However, i do agree that our law is NOT perfect and treated differently. LuckySingaporean had illustrate those points in his blog.

JUSTICE you say? still exists in this world?

Anonymous said...

To molly meek,

If Y knew X got motive, then he should have some preventive measures plans in mind.

If he doesnt, he had to blame himself for trusting X too much.

In this world, you can't trust anybody.

Do you trust the gov. policies? Do you believe what Straits times tells you?

Anonymous said...

To luckysingaporean,

'Since we hang people for supplying we might as well hang people for demanding drugs....there won't be traffickers without whose fault is it for the drug problem.'

Whose fault? Both.

If traffickers and addicts had to blame themselves for their own destiny and consequences.

If i'm unemployed, should i go and rob someone else?

Alot of times, we only had to blame ourselves for our rash decisions.

Beach-yi said...

Singapore is an efficient place.

But it is not beautiful.

Singapore is a safe place.

But justice does not always reside there.

Singapore is a place found in an fortuitous moment.

But not all souls enjoy a serendiptious time there.

Singapore is a strict place.

And no indecorous ones shall find peace there.

Minority Man said...

If you want to offer comforting words to Ngyuen you may say "Hang in there".

Then again, you should'nt.

Anonymous said...

Van is so unlucky, he shouldn't have been caught in the first place if not for the sounding of the metal detector... Not that the detector detected drugs, but the officer who did a secondary scan felt something attached to his back...

Anonymous said...

To beach-yi,

You said it! That's the way things are in Singapore.

Some things which can be changed should be changed, but when things cannot be changed and improved for the better, then it's time to leave.

Just like doing business, one has to know when to cut one's losses and leave, as remaining would only lead to more (irrecoverable) losses.

For those who stay here, either because they're unable to leave (financial issues, (a lot of) relatives here, unable to adapt to life in another country, etc), or because they do not want to, they can just live the rest of their lives here.

We Singaporeans are indeed fortunate!!!

Anonymous said...

what's the big deal? its only a drug trafficker getting hanged. I'm more interested in knowing what new movies will be showing this weekend....

Anonymous said...

To Annoymous

Actually it would be a big deal if that guy is a singaporean..and if media choose to magnify his family problems...and becomes an emotional news article.

I'm pretty sure that will create quite a stir and probably singaporeans might have an online petition.

Unfortunately, for myself... i wouldnt care much for him..probably heart sank a little when i knew he is helping his blooder.

I'm more interested how Gov. or oppositions coming up with positive measures for unemployment and F.T quota.

Anonymous said...

We should just sentence cig smokers and drug users to life inprisonment. With these people behind bars, the govt would have less to worrhy abt and there wont be any more demand


LuckySingaporean said...

Now that you remind me of cigarettes. I remember reading that cigarettes kill more people through lung cancer than drugs. Soft drugs we also hang the trafficker, it is time to hang cigarette importers....they cause people to die of lung cancer and their families to suffer.

Anonymous said...

Damn it. Let's hang people who bring in drugs, ciggys and alcohol! And hang people who take them! Then we'll have a perfect squirky clean Singapore! Isn't that lovely????

Anonymous said...

To Annoymous:

I TotallY AgReE with U! tat's so LoVElY! isn't Singapore a NiCe PlACe? we're So LuCKy to be SingAporEaNs!! right, Lucky TaN?

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Anonymous said...

You know how much monies gahmen earn from ciggie tax? Pls lah...

tim said...

for some perverse reason, it's easier to be seen as critical of the govt rather than a supporter - aka a PAP dog - or merely to be thankful for what it has done for s'pore.

of course, bias either way isn't good.

thankfully, these people, who almost always spout a vulgarity-laced vitriol, are a minority who seek to influence others with their extreme - whether genuine or not - emotions.

when alone, they have no leg to stand on and thrive only in the shadow of another commentator's sensible/well-argued etc post.

is there a term for this psychological phenomenon that i see at every other blog?

nah, that's an understatement. make it every blog.

Anonymous said...

The unfaireness of this sentence is really disturbing. The Straits Times and other Sing media described Bhatia are his cronies as "personalities", "faces", "celebrities". All but one were let out on bail; high court judge reduced his sentence by 1/3; his lawyer was an MP. Yep, it's cocaine not heroin...but 8 months versus death. Rich and poor, thats Singapore

Nguyen Tuong Van said...

This Blog kills me....

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