Singapore urged to halt execution of another M’sian

PETALING JAYA: Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) has called on Singapore to halt the execution of Kalwant Singh.

Kalwant was convicted and sentenced to death on Oct 24, 2013, for allegedly trafficking in 60.15g of diamorphine.

The 32-year-old Malaysian is scheduled to be hanged on July 7.

LFL director Zaid Malek described the death penalty as an "archaic and brutal form of punishment".

"It does not deter serious crime; it is irreversible and the ultimate denial of human rights.

"Continuing to hang drug mules whilst knowing full well that drug mules are easily replaceable by drug kingpins shows that Singapore prefers the illusion of taking action instead of actually resolving illicit drug trade in the region," he said in a statement on Thursday (June 30).

Noting that the imposition of the death penalty for drug crimes has been declared by the United Nations to be in violation of international law and amounts to unlawful killing, he said that Singapore is in "contradiction to prevailing international norms".

"We strongly urge the government of Singapore to comply with international law and halt the hanging of Kalwant Singh as well as to review its imposition of the death penalty for drug crimes.

"We also urge the Malaysian government to make urgent representations to Singapore to save our citizen from the gallows," he said.

On April 27, Malaysian Nagaenthran Dharmalingam was sent to the gallows for trafficking 43g of heroin into Singapore.

Article type: free
User access status:
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

Temporary freeze on hiring foreign workers lifted from Aug 19
Dewan Negara meeting adjourned
Two boys missing, feared drowned in Sungai Triang
Three-year-old boy found dead in KL from suspected abuse, aunt arrested
Sultan Nazrin launches 'Solo Artbeat of Halimah Mohd Said' exhibition
Proposal for RCI on LCS project to be presented to Cabinet on Aug 17, says Hisham
Health commission needs to be established - health experts
Johor govt provides temporary housing to family affected by storm
Sabah closely monitoring Hadi Minallah group despite no reports on them in state
Police deny hundreds of motorcycles went missing in Terengganu

Others Also Read