• 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.…