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Dear Vui Kong, Happy Birthday

Dear Vui Kong, Your story has touched us all and we have you in our thoughts. We are all gathered here today to celebrate your birthday. But we are also here to remember your life and what you have done, the good and the bad. Vui Kong, no one here denies that you have made … Continue reading

The birthday that might not have been.

When you’re involved in a death penalty case, you’re always aware of the ticking clock. Time is running out. There might be no tomorrow, no next week, no next year. Life events like birthdays are no longer just one more landmark to celebrate – they’re tinged with sadness and uncertainty, because who knows if there … Continue reading

Our Precious Things

The following is a piece sent in by Justicia Phuang, who attended Mr Toshi Kazama’s presentation “Eyes On Preciousness” last Wednesday. Thank you Justicia for this piece! It was a cold and rainy Wednesday evening, rather befitting of the grave issue at hand. I brought along two friends who, it is safe to say, have … Continue reading

Eyes on Preciousness – A Photo Presentation by Mr Toshi Kazama

It was short notice, a public holiday and raining – yet the venue was filled with people who had accepted their invitations to listen to New York City-based photographer Toshi Kazama speak. None of us were disappointed. For the past 15 years Mr Kazama had been photographing death row inmates, execution chambers, crime scenes and … Continue reading

Rethinking the Death Penalty

Over 100 people showed up for our closed-door forum ‘Rethinking the Death Penalty’ today at Sinema Old School today, and we had a good session with lots of questions and answers and opinions flying about. On behalf of We Believe In Second Chances I would just like to thank everyone for taking the time out … 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

Forum – Review the Mandatory Death Penalty on Drug Mules / Drug Traffickers

A forum on the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking in Singapore and Malaysia is being held in Kuala Lumpur on 11 May 2011 at the KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall from 7:30pm – 10:30pm. The forum will feature the following speakers: Mr M Ravi (Yong Vui Kong’s counsel), YB Gobind Singh Deo (Member of Parliament), … 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

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