I have only been to Singapore and Malaysia once in my life. I was six years old at the time in the spring of 1979. Consequently, I don't remember much about my holiday, which lasted six weeks. There is one thing I do know about both countries: their zero tolerance for anyone involved in drugs trafficking.
So it comes as no surprise that I have equal zero tolerance of Australian man, Tuong Van Nguyen, who is due to be hung in Singapore on drugs charges related to a Sydney syndicate who set him up to smuggle 396g of heroin from Asia into the country. I see my link in the Hobart Mercury exposes a large degree of namby-pamby, 'don't hurt a hair on his holy head' type balderdash. Sorry, I cannot subscribe to this sickening sympathy. Visitors to both Malaysia and Singapore are left in no doubt as to what the penalty will be if caught and convicted of drugs running. Upon entering customs in both states, signs are pinned on the wall informing tourists that the death penalty, and only the death penalty, will be administered in the event of conviction for this offence. None of this 'human rights' pigswill the judicial systems of the West are so adept at following - often to the detriment of those on the receiving end of serious criminality.
Nguyen is going to snuff it!! No messin'!! The more the sassy, dewy-eyed governments of Australia and elsewhere petition the Singaporean authorities, the sooner the sentence will be performed. As far as I can ascertain, this man was not dyslexic of afflicted with learning difficulties. He knew full-well what the result would be if and when he was caught. As the old maxim goes: 'If you can't do the time, don't do the crime'. Or would it be more appropriate to use the one I just made up?: 'If you don't want the noose, don't play fast and loose.'