ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES: There are 10 Malaysians who remain on death row in Singapore, after two others were convicted of drug trafficking and hanged there earlier this year.
This was revealed by Singaporean Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam, who said the 10 were awaiting their fate on whether they will be granted clemency.
“There are still some processes left such as clemency to be dealt with. Their convictions were mainly for (drug) trafficking,” he said in a special virtual interview with The Star from his office earlier this week.
Not going into detail with regard to the clemency process, Shanmugam said Singapore took a tough stance against drug trafficking and would not bow to local or international pressure to do away with capital punishment.
He said drug traffickers, whether from Malaysia or elsewhere, were fully aware of the consequences of the Republic’s strict drug laws if caught and convicted.
Despite such laws in place, he said there are still some who deliberately smuggle in drugs for profit in such a way to avoid the mandatory death sentence if caught.
“Our evidence shows that they (traffickers) are consciously bringing in amounts of drugs into Singapore below the threshold of the death sentence,” he added.
On April 27, Singapore executed Malaysian Nagaenthran Dharmalingam for drug trafficking despite local and international pleas.
Nagaenthran, 34, who was sentenced to death in 2010 for trafficking 42.72 grammes (g) of heroin into Singapore, was executed after the Court of Appeal dismissed a last-ditch challenge filed by his mother to set aside his conviction and death sentence.