For those of you who haven’t already heard, the Court of Appeal dismissed Yong Vui Kong’s appeal yesterday. Vui Kong was appealing for a judicial review of the President’s powers in the clemency process, as well as Law Minister K Shanmugam’s comments made in May 2010.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that the President does not have the power in granting clemency petitions, and must act on the advice of the Cabinet. They also ruled that the Law Minister’s statements did not constitute apparent bias.
You can read more about the verdict here.
We’re all very disappointed in the verdict, but it doesn’t mean that we’re giving up. In fact, we’re not even close to giving up. The campaign to save Vui Kong’s life will continue, and Second Chances will continue to support him and his loved ones.
We want to continue to raise awareness about Vui Kong’s case. A huge number of Singaporeans (and Malaysians) still have no idea about his case, or understand how the mandatory death penalty works. We want to find ways to reach out to them, because we believe that there are many more people out there who would want to support Vui Kong, if only they knew more about his case. So please, start talking about Vui Kong with your family and friends, and spread the word! Take the discussion from the online sphere to the offline one as well.
To Vui Kong’s family and friends: It’s not over yet. We will be behind you all the way.