• Before one proceeds to read the following news report, anyone who has visited my blog to read about Nguyen and the efforts both in Singapore & Australia to stop him from being executed, would have noticed that almost all the media reports are from the Australian media. Singapore’s government controlled & influenced local media, especially the Straits Times, as far as I am concerned is a F*CKING NATIONAL DISGRACE RUN BY A BUNCH OF PATHETIC FOOLS INCLUDING EDITORS AND JOURNALISTS. As far as reporting on such issues like the death penalty, domestic politics, et al, these pathetic fools are so f*cking bias that they believe totally in their own f*cking crap they put out. If (I say IF ‘cos i’m still hoping Nguyen will not be hanged), if Nguyen is executed at dawn on 2 December 2005, the local media also has blood on their hands because of their silence and/or bias reporting. These f*ckers are also guilty as hell. – Omeka Na Huria
    • The point I’m trying to make is with Nguyen we’ve been trying so hard to convince the Australians and the rest of the world the sanctity of our laws. Then comes Mervyn Tan, who gets away with a slap on the wrist for not answering to the call of the nation, yet will receive a hero welcome at Esplanade. – Mom Theresa on Sammyboy (explicit site)
    • Singapore’s chief executioner revealed. Interesting, I never knew a hanging in Singapore pays $400 per gig. Also educational for those who never knew how hangings are carried out in Singapore. Australian newspaper, The Australian, reveals this in a story about the man who will perform the execution of Australian drug trafficker Van Tuong Nguyen. Until now, I don’t believe we have ever seen Singapore’s Chief Executioner, Darshan Singh. I understand from the story that it has been hard to find his replacement, which is why he is still being asked to hang criminals at age 73. Some of Singapore’s top civil service jobs are hard to find replacements for, it seems. Hey, maybe that’s why some of our talents are employed waaaaay beyond retirement age. – Mr Brown

    • This thesis of (capital punishment) being an effective deterrent is widely shared by many Singaporeans, as can be seen from comments in various blogs, but that doesn’t mean it is valid. It may be more intuitive, or more in line with our authoritarian natures, just like how parents may believe that corporal punishment makes for better morals in the next generation. But popularity of belief is not necessarily validity. – Yawning Bread

    • In Singapore, if one of our citizens is caught and hanged say in some other country – nobody in Singapore will bother. Why should we disrupt our happy lives to fight for a criminal just because he is Singaporean? Really don’t understand these foreigners. Take the case of Nguyen Tuong Van, everyone in Australia is so worked up because Singapore is about to hang him. This Australian Vietnamese was forced by the triads to smuggle drugs to help his twin brother who is in debt. If he is a Singaporean nobody would have cared, time is just too precious to fight for a criminal, Singaporeans has many other more important things to do like shopping, tours and karaoke. – Diary of a Lucky Singaporean

    • Singaporeans have been fed one side of the story for the past 40 years or so. So much so that most of us have come to accept it as normal. The public’s access to information on the issue of the Death Penalty in Singapore is a very important part of the campaign. But one can’t rely on the hopelessly bias local media to provide the information. That’s where this blog comes in to fill that void for information. – Changi-Gallow