So you want to boycott Singaporean companies and products to register
your protest against the execution of Van Tuong Nguyen? While you’re at
it, add these companies and products from other nations around the
world that still use the death penalty to your list:
Made in China: Keep your eyes pealed for the millions of
stickers and tags bearing this declaration throughout Australia,
because China, with its 1.3 billion people, executes 3,500 people per
year, according to Amnesty International figures, using lethal
injection or shooting.
Made in Vietnam: These items may not carry a tag, but according to DFAT, in 2004-05, Vietnam’s
merchandise exports to Australia
totalled $A3.1 billion, with crude
oil constituting 81% of total exports. Other significant items were
seafood (A$115m), fruit and nuts (A$68m), furniture (A$67m), footwear (A$44
million) and clothing (A$31m). That’s a lot of stuff from a country that executes and average of 60 people per year.
Cathay Pacific: The Hong Kong-based airline is China-owned. And for other such examples, visit Wikipedia’s List of Companies in the People’s Republic of China.
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Exxon Mobil: All petroleum products from this oil major
that’s based in Texas, the US state with the most executions – 355 –
since America re-introduced the death penalty in 1976.
Computers: All products from the Houston, Texas-based technology company, see above.
Primus Telecommunications: All products of Australia’s fourth-largest full-service telecommunications provider, which is partly held by the Virginia-based parent company of the same name, a state where there have been 94
executions since 1976.
Thrifty Rent-a-Car: The Australia-wide car/truck rental company, recognised as one of the premier members of the
global Thrifty network, based in Oklahoma – where there have been 79 executions since 1976.
AGCO Finance, AGCO Quality Parts, Challenger, Fendt, Gleaner, Iseki, Massey Ferguson,
RoGator, Spra-Coupe, TerraGator, White Planters: All the Australian products/companies of
AGCO Corporation, the Georgia-based world leader
in manufacturing, marketing, and distributing of agricultural equipment. Georgia has executed
39 since 1976.