When we first started planning the forum, we knew that it had to make an impact, that we wanted to get more new people in to attend, that we wanted to encourage more discussion on the issue in Singapore. We knew that families of death row inmates would probably attend. But we had not been prepared for the event we had last night. I’m still trying to take it all in, to process it all.
As M Ravi said last night, usually at each event we only have just the one case, and we only focus on the one person on death row. But last night, there was not one, not two, but six families represented. Some spoke and some did not, but the important thing was that they were there to support each other and to support the campaign against the death penalty for drug offences.
During the Q&A section of the forum, a question came up: “What can we do?”
Malaysian human rights lawyer and anti-death penalty activist Ngeow Chow Ying said, “If you have a network, if you have friends, or you think you want to organise a small group of people to discuss, to debate, to talk about it, I think the anti-death penalty campaigners in Malaysia and Singapore will be happy to be there to lead, to guide, and to do whatever we can.”
To continue along that vein, we have now added a Resources section to this blog, where you can view and download factsheets on specific cases, as well as reports and research on the death penalty in general. We also have links to the government directories of both Singapore and Malaysia, so you can find the contact details of Ministers or MPs.
These resources are there to help, should you want to organise something within your own circle of family and friends, or within your own community. Print the factsheets for your colleagues, your classmates, your friends. (Just don’t hand them out to strangers in the streets… I think you need a permit for that.) Read up on the information on the death penalty and share it.
If there is anything else you need, please feel free to contact us. We will do as much as we can to help. This is a campaign that will be long and hard, but it is worth it, because this is about human lives, and the moral values of our society. We hope that you will join us and help us.
– love, kirsten