In Singapore we hang drug traffickers because, according to the PAP govt, drugs destroy lives. We hang small time runners for trafficking very small amounts of drugs as a deterrent. Misuse of Drugs Act carries a mandatory death sentence for anyone caught trafficking more than 15gm of heroin, 30gm of cocaine or 500gm of cannabis. These death sentences are disproportionate the the crime and the harm caused by these small quantities of drugs. The govt is also completely inconsistent - gambling causes the same or more harm but is tolerated by this govt.
There is no proper education of the public on the harm of gambling. The govt conducts campaigns to encouraging "gambling responsibly". The correct message should be "gambling is bad" or stop gambling because it leads to problem gambling. You don't go and tell people to use drugs responsibly or smoke responsibly. The right message should be don't gamble because gambling can lead problems.
"For every winner there are hundreds and thousands who keep feeding the kitty and, net, it's a big loser for citizenry" - Warren Buffett on the harm of legalised gambling
Dec 22, 2009
Gambling addict hangs himself [Link]
By Khushwant Singh
IN THE suicide note to his wife, father and close friends, Mr Teo Kok Hun, 33, confessed his addiction to football gambling.
The 33-year-old driver, also known as Zhang Guohan, admitted that this was the main reason why he was always short of money.
His favourite football team was Liverpool and he was wearing the club's red jersey when he hanged himself in the bathroom of his four-room flat in Tampines on Oct 26.
His 30-year-old wife, a travel agent, found his body at 7.30pm, when she returned home from work.
State Coroner Victor Yeo, on Tuesday, returned a verdict of suicide.
Strangely, Mr Teo's death came a day after Liverpool defeated archenemy Manchester United, after a series of four successful defeats to other teams.