Cheong Chun Yin

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Ravi – A short documentary

Documentary filmmaker Jon Keng followed human rights lawyer M Ravi to Malaysia, where he was visiting Mr Cheong Kah Pin, father of Cheong Chun Yin. We see Mr Cheong at home, still living alongside all Chun Yin’s belongings, constantly reminded of his son’s situation. Through this film, Ravi reminds us that beyond all debates and … Continue reading

The Death Penalty – Is this justice?

Kirsten Han / As I am writing this, it is being announced that Troy Davis has been executed, time of death 11:08pm (time in Georgia). Despite affidavits from witnesses recanting their statements, despite allegations of testimony extracted under duress, despite doubt cast on his guilt for about two decades, despite campaigns and protests all over … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Presidential Candidates

Dear Presidential Candidates, My name is Kirsten Han, and I am one of the co-founders of We Believe In Second Chances. I was very encouraged to see my fellow campaigner Priscilla present at The Online Citizen’s Face 2 Face 2, to be able to speak with all of you on the death penalty. I would … Continue reading

NGOs form a coalition against the death penalty in Malaysia

Kirsten Han / Six NGOs, together with the cooperation of the Malaysian Bar Council and certain Members of the Malaysian Parliament, have come together to make a stand on the use of the death penalty in Malaysia. A forum held in Kuala Lumpur on 11 May 2011 was the first in a series of events to be organised … Continue reading

One of Their Own – A community asks for a second chance

Kirsten Han / The rain came down in a steady drizzle, and the water streamed down from the tarps sheltering the stalls in the Johor Jaya pasar malam. But a small crowd gathered at the corner of the market, lending their support to a forum organised by the family of Cheong Chun Yin, in the … Continue reading

Please do not execute Cheong Chun Yin!

While the elections hustings are in full swing, please spare a moment to think of Cheong Chun Yin and his family. Chun Yin is currently waiting on death row for a response to his clemency petition. If clemency is not granted, one Friday morning he will be escorted from his cell and executed. He will … Continue reading

Press Statement from the Save Vui Kong Campaign on Cheong Chun Yin

Save Vui Kong Campaign – RE CHEONG CHUN YIN The family of Cheong Chun Yin, a 28-year-old Malaysian who is on death row in Singapore has, at 10am today, submitted a petition supported by 8778 signatures to the President of the Republic of Singapore Mr S R Nathan. The petition pleaded with the Singapore government … Continue reading

A Letter to the President and PM of Singapore, from Jesleen Cheong

亲爱的纳丹总统与李显龙总理: 很抱歉,因为我哥的关系,造成您们的困扰,会发生这样的事情是我们万万没想到的。可是,现在能拯救我哥的,就只有您们的宽赦并且重新调查我哥的案件,才能证明我哥所说的是否属实。 我们想要强调的是,我哥在被逮捕的当时(24岁),身上并没有任何的毒品或是大量的现金。他在被捕过后,随着肃毒人员到停车场去等候,直到第一被告被逮捕时,肃毒人员带我哥到现场去会合,他才发现行李箱内的金条变成毒品。 我们想知道为什么法官既然不相信我哥所给的口供,还承认说警方未尽全力的调查是无关紧要的就判我哥死刑,这样做会让多少人白白牺牲?我们相信以新加坡警方的实力,一定能抓到真正的幕后黑手,为什么不相信就不去调查?这样要如何证明我哥所说的是不是实话呢?在录口供时,我哥他也很合作的提供说出一切他所知道的,酒店,机票,私人号码等,这些都是可以抓到幕后黑手的线索,难道这一切都没必要进行调查吗? 我哥做错事本来就应该受到惩罚,为自己的行为负责。可是,他不是生产毒品的人,他只不过是因为受到”朋友”多次的诱骗下,因一时的贪念才答应帮忙走私金条。因为误信”朋友”,所以就必须牺牲自己的性命吗?他不是笨到明知贩毒会死刑还会去送死。是不是他死了就能消灭所有的毒品,不会再发生同样的事情呢?况且,警方怎么可以让那些利用别人来贩毒的坏人逍遥法外呢? 我觉得死刑,只不过是给人们一种观念,”死就能解决问题”。那么留下来的伤痛就是惩罚活下来的人而已。 我们不是要求放人,我们只是希望判刑之前严谨的查案,也希望总统您能特赦我哥,改为其他刑罚。 我们知道要您们做出赦免的决定,需要很多的考量。可是,这关系到人命,请您们慎重的看待这起案件,并尽全力的调查,抓出真凶才能证明我哥所说的话。我相信,只要”老得”还活着的一天,他一定会被绳子以法。 谢谢。 English translation: Dear President S R Nathan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, I am really sorry that you’ve been placed in a difficult position because of my brother’s case. We never expected something like this to happen. Now, you’re the only people who can save my brother … Continue reading

Chun Yin’s family present petition signatures to Istana

While most of Singapore was preoccupied with the excitement of Nomination Day, it was a solemn morning for the family of Cheong Chun Yin. Since 8 April 2011, Chun Yin’s family have been canvassing the streets and markets of Johor Bahru collecting signatures for the petition calling for a stay of execution and for the … Continue reading

Drugs and the Death Penalty – “What can we do?”

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 … Continue reading