Singapore politics has not evolved along economic, social, political ideological delineation, and demonstrates no signs of doing so anytime soon.Left and right wing are political spectrums developed to pigeonhole the politics of the western world, and are conversely out of touch with political realities in Asia.

The death penalty is applied only and strictly in the context of an unwavering commitment to the rule of law. In fact, you could argue that a prerequisite is an unwavering commitment to the rule of law, resting on a strong and independent judiciary .There must be fair and transparent laws and due process .Capital punishment is carried out only after due judicial process and in accordance with the law.

It’s true that the death penalty in Singapore is administered in accordance with the law. But my experience following capital cases and working with the families of death row inmates has shown me that working in accordance with the law does not fully address issues with the death penalty regime, because it is the legislation itself that is problematic.Singapore first introduced the death penalty while it was still a British colony and had the second highest number of executions per capita in the late 1990s, when 13.83 people in one million faced execution. The Singaporean government maintains the use of capital punishment because they feel that it is the main thing that keeps the city-state so safe, and acIn truth, political parties in Asia, including the Chinese Communist Party, align themselves with a side nominally but otherwise see this concept as inconsequential in practice. The exception would be countries like Korea and Japan which had experienced heavy post-war Western influence in their nation-wide development, but for other Asian countries - including Singapore - no such legacy exist.Governments in Asia recognise the need for continuous reform in order to progress and not stagnate.cording to a 2005 survey in The Straits Times, a significant majority of Singaporeans agree with this stance.The rule against the unlawful use of a firearm is not one that is commonly an issue for travellers, however, drug trafficking is a real problem. Drug trafficking is by far the most common offense of the three and the primary reason for executions. The laws are very specific and very strict. Substances are classified into three categories and Class A has clearly set amounts that lead to a conviction or worse, the death penalty. For example, 15 grams of cannabis is enough to be presumed trafficking and someone carrying over 500 grams will be automatically sentenced to death. For cocaine, just 3 grams are needed for trafficking to be presumed and 30 grams will lead to execution.

The  Singapore Government has realised the error and folly of executing drug mules while narco-kingpins produce and sell their drugs with impunity. Taking the lives of small-time drug peddlers do nothing to stop the drug menace. The death penalty is discriminatory and does not do anything about crime.

The death penalty is discriminatory and does not do anything about crime
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The Singapore  Government was clinging on to blind ideology and resisting reason. The change in the law is a victory for those awaiting execution for drug peddling, a victory for those who worked so hard to change the law.The death penalty is becoming a way of life in the country.

The punishment of caning is not unconstitutional, the apex court ruled yesterday, throwing out the latest in a string of legal challenges mounted by convicted drug trafficker Yong Vui Kong.After he became the first to escape the gallows following changes to the mandatory death penalty regime, the 26-year-old Malaysian sought to be spared from the 15 strokes of the cane he was re-sentenced to, by arguing that the punishment violated the Constitution.

Singapore, which routinely persecute dissenters and critics, continue to hang young drug runners while at the same time work closely with Burmese military generals, and has invested billions in business ties with Burma, one of the biggest heroin manufacturing countries the world.Capital punishment is a legal penalty in Singapore. The city-state had the second highest per-capita execution rate in the world between 1994 and 1998, estimated by the United Nations to be 13.83 executions annually per one million people during that period. The highest was Turkmenistan (now an abolitionist country) with 14.92. However, since the 2010s, execution has become far less common, with some years having no executions at all. No one was executed in 2012 and 2013, and two persons were executed in 2014. Each execution in Singapore is carried out by long drop hanging in Changi Prison at dawn on Friday, except once on 20 May 2016 when the execution of Kho Jabing was carried out at 3:30 pm after his appeal for a stay of execution was dismissed that morning.In a survey done in 2005, reported in The Straits Times, 95% of Singaporeans believe that their country should retain the death penalty.Singapore has had capital punishment since it was a British colony and became independent before the United Kingdom abolished capital punishment. The Singaporean procedure of hanging condemned individuals is similar to the methods formerly used in the United Kingdom.The people on death row include foreign nationals, many of whom were convicted of drug-related offences. These inmates come from a diverse range of countries, including United States, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Figures released by the Singapore government show that between 1993 and 2003, 36% of those executed were foreigners, including some residents in Singapore.Changi Prison has turrets! The National Heritage Board announced that Changi Prison’s external structure would be a national monument.The old Changi Prison was designed by the Public Works Department, completed in 1936, and operational the following year.

Rachel Zeng (Anti-Death Penalty Activist), Uncle Cheong and Vincent Law (Social Worker) outside the Supreme Court after Chun Yin's resentencing.The death sentence is the only sentence where the entire courtroom would know the outcome even before the judge reads his judgement. This is because before a sentence of death is to be passed, everyone in the court room must rise.

The judgement read by Chao said that the counsel brought the same argument and the substance of the argument was the same.“No real issues were raised,” said the judge.Singapore court denies Kho Jabing a stay of execution.

Previously, Singapore had a mandatory death penalty that stipulated that anyone convicted of murder must be sentenced to death and there were no other considerations undertaken. In 2013, the government amended the mandatory death penalty law. From then, the judge could consider mitigating factors that resulted in the murder and choose a sentence of either death or life imprisonment with caning. Caning is a torturous process where prisoners are held down and repeatedly whipped with a long cane:Some of these could, for example, include socio-demographic indicators and peer or community networks, and at the same time some of the other trigger factors could be identified too. Focus groups with a sample of the survey respondents could yield insights, though I think the perspectives of recovering or former drug consumers or addicts would prove most useful. What is of interest here, in other words, are reasonable causal explanations for drug consumption or addict, from which policy interventions or programmes could be designed.Thereafter, the challenge would be to mitigate the “liberal attitudes” towards drugs in Singapore. If the concern is the five percentage point increase over the past three or four years, then the success or effectiveness of initiatives should be benchmarked against whether the figure goes down, in the years to come. In this vein, the government can say with greater certainty what a particular policy is intended for – in terms of the expected outcomes  and in the future scale up those which have a stronger track record.

Kho Jabing today failed to secure a stay of execution after the Singapore Court of Appeal turned down his last-minute appeal. The more than three-hour proceedin...he more than three-hour proceeding was held in front of Judges of Appeal Chao Hick Tin and Andrew Phang, and justices Woo Bih Li, Lee Seiu Kin and Chan Seng Onn.

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