• Old Cases

    Old Cases: Datchinamurthy a/l Kataiah

    Datchinamurthy a/l Kataiah was arrested on 18 January 2011, after passing Christeen d/o Jayamany a red plastic bag that was later found to have contained no less than 44.96 grams of diamorphine. According to the account, as laid out in the High Court judgment written by Justice Tay Yong Kwang, Datchina’s role was to deliver drugs to Christeen and relay messages between her and his boss, Rajah. In a statement, Datchinamurthy admitted that he knew the packets contained drugs, but that he had committed the offense because he was in a difficult situation financially. He also said in his own defense in court that Rajah had told him that the…

  • Singapore to Sabah

    From Singapore to Sabah: “They Can Only Accept.”

    The following is part 1 of a series written from Sandakan, Yong Vui Kong’s hometown in Sabah, East Malaysia, by Second Chance’s co-founder Kirsten Han: How many times have I told Vui Kong’s story? How many times have I written about his broken family, his lack of education, his impoverished childhood? Too many times to count. But how much do I really know about Vui Kong’s past? How much do I really understand, when I’ve had such a comfortable childhood? So after Vui Kong’s last appeal was dismissed in by the Court of Appeal, I decided to make a trip to his hometown of Sandakan to see things for myself.…

  • Current Cases

    Current Cases: Yong Vui Kong

    “The death penalty subject was not something I went looking for, in fact, I didn’t know much about the death penalty or [mandatory death penalty]. Then it found me.” – Kit Lim, Malaysian filmmaker It’s 2013, and Yong Vui Kong is still on death row in Changi Prison. The campaign to save his life is ongoing, and small changes to the law are giving us a little more hope. In the meantime, his story continues to reach people, challenging them to reflect upon their own views on the death penalty and its place in society. Malaysian filmmaker Kit Lim is just one such person. “I came across Yong Vui Kong’s…

  • Current Cases

    Current Cases: Cheong Chun Yin

    Cheong Chun Yin was convicted of trafficking 2.7kg of heroin into Singapore in February 2010. The Court of Appeal upheld the sentence in October 2010. To this day, Chun Yin claims that he did not know the suitcase he had been given in Myanmar contained heroin. He had been told that he would be carrying gold bars for the purposes of tax evasion. He says he did not cut open the lining of the bag to verify if the objects hidden in it were gold bars or not because he did not want to be held responsible for anything going missing. Chun Yin was arrested alighting from a taxi in…

  • MDP

    Does the Mandatory Death Penalty work as a Deterrent?

    This is probably the biggest question surrounding the debate on the Mandatory Death Penalty (MDP) and perhaps, the death penalty itself. Sure, other reasons are also cited in support of capital punishment, but none as frequently, like the one on its perceived deterrent effect on crime. In Singapore, the government, as well as proponents of the death penalty, frequently point to the fact that the prevalence of drug problems or murders in our society is far lower than those in places which do not have the death penalty. But is this really down to the presence of the death penalty or is the relatively low crime rate driven by other…