To Vui Kong

Letters from Vui Kong – The Eleventh Letter : About Sharing and Mutual Aid

Yong Vui Kong is a death row inmate in Singapore. He was arrested at age 19 with 47.27g of heroin, convicted of trafficking and sentenced under the Mandatory Death Penalty. His final appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal on 4 April 2011. He can now only plead for clemency from the President (acting on the advice of the Cabinet).

If the President does not grant clemency to Vui Kong, these will be the last 12 letters he will ever write.

The following is the eleventh letter:

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“You have given me lots of thing in the little time? I’ve known you but one thing you’ve given me that I never expected and not many can do is Life.

I don’t think I ever had one till I heard of you. I only hope I can help get you yours back in return. Because nothing else is as valuable as your gift to me. I thank you for all that you do.

You have given me guidance and I will use it well and live it threw till my very end. You opened my eyes, mind and heart and shown me what living truly is and that life is worth living.

You are my guidance and I will pay it forward in your name for eternity. You will not go unheard. I would take your place in a heart beat.

Your name is and will always be worth something. I will not let you down.

Thank you Vui Kong. I love you.

Sincerely, Ely ?

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English translation:

Yetian:

This morning my brother brought the Buddhist books and amulets that Ely sent from America. I was very happy.

Ely is, like me, someone who once had been decadent and rebellious. She was confused too, and didn’t know what her goals in life were, and she almost lost her life because of drugs.

But today Ely is a very positive, very loving girl. She said my story changed her outlook on life. She is now actively participates in counselling and humanitarian programs, and hoping to help other lost sheep like herself.

This is a letter that she wrote to me, and I was very touched to read it:

“You have given me lots of thing in the little time? I’ve known you but one thing you’ve given me that I never expected and not many can do is Life.

I don’t think I ever had one till I heard of you. I only hope I can help get you yours back in return. Because nothing else is as valuable as your gift to me. I thank you for all that you do.

You have given me guidance and I will use it well and live it threw till my very end. You opened my eyes, mind and heart and shown me what living truly is and that life is worth living.

You are my guidance and I will pay it forward in your name for eternity. You will not go unheard. I would take your place in a heart beat.

Your name is and will always be worth something. I will not let you down.

Thank you Vui Kong. I love you.

Sincerely, Ely ?

I am very grateful, and also very happy that my story can change others.

I am glad that I know Buddha and my life have changed greatly since then. I never imagined I could change Ely too! And this kind of fated mutual benefit is one of the most precious blessings between people.

From the time I was at Queenstown Remand till now, my knowledge has grown and grown. Apart from my own opportunities to meditate, sharing views and feelings with my fellow inmates and wardens are also an important experience for me. We often talk about our views on life and Buddhism.

I often counsel my fellow inmates, the reason we don’t have the physical freedom today is due to our choices, decisions, destiny and actions in the past, and now we are facing our self-inflicted fates and consequence. When it is happy we are happy, when the reality is sad we are sad as well, and we let
our fate decide our days. If unhappy things happen, we should reflect. Simply put, we follow the opportunities and fates.

I often tell them to cherish the moment. To be happy is a choice that they can make. Take care of yourself, and also choose to be happy and do good. I also encourage everyone to study Buddhism and study the most difficult philosophies the most.

Buddha is really wise, he understands and knows all!

If a person’s mind and soul does not have something real to rely on, he will have no hope in his present, future and next life, and will not be able to be at peace or be happy. Although I am ignorant in many things, but I rely on Buddha’s teachings and I do not feel that there is any problem that cannot be
solved!

Wisdom, compassion, morals and culture do not discriminate between race and age; as long as you study hard you will get good results! If you have a good view and principle in life, after a long time it will develop into your own concept, and with a perfect concept your future will be very bright.

Lastly, I would like to share with you my favourite Buddhist hymn on Three Life Karma

If you would like to know what happened in your past life, then look at what are your sufferings in this present life.

If you would like to know what are your fates in the future life, then look at what you have done in the present life.

Amitabha.

Vui Kong

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