Law Minister Liew pleads with S'pore to spare M'sian drug mule


PETALING JAYA: Law Minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong has pleaded with Singapore to show mercy to a Malaysian citizen due for execution in the island state this Friday (Nov 22).

Abd Helmi bin Ab Halim is to be hanged at Changi prison after being convicted and sentenced to death for trafficking in 16.56g of diamorphine in March 2017.

His plea for clemency was rejected in July this year.

Liew said Malaysia had imposed a strict moratorium on all executions for crimes related to drug trafficking pending comprehensive review, in line with established international standards.

“It is, therefore, heart-wrenching to see that a fellow citizen is to be executed, for circumstances entirely uncompelling, given the close proximity of our countries.

“To eradicate drug trafficking, (we think) it is the kingpins and true masters of the trade who shadow the curtains in the dark that must face the full brunt of the law.

“Although drug mules commit an offence, it is one that warrants no more than a term of imprisonment.

"It is unjust and disproportionate for drug mules to bear the fate of the gallows.

“Justice must be tempered with mercy, and I implore Singapore to do so, ” he said in a statement on Wednesday (Nov 20).

Helmi, aged 36, is from Johor and is married with children.

Several human rights organisations in Malaysia, including Suaram and Lawyers for Liberty, have called on Singapore to halt the execution.

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