Monthly Archives: December 2009

Capital Punishment: For or Against?.

Capital punishment is defined as ‘the execution of a person by the legal system as a punishment for an offense’. Capital crimes include Firearm, Murder and Drug Trafficking. But according to ThinkCentre, most of the capital punishments that Singapore has handed out are drug related offences. But as we all know, the drugs are still being handed out and the cases of drug abuse among the young are rising at an alarming rate. So, is the death penalty the way forward? Is it still relevant?

I agree with what he said, to a certain extent. I agree that murderers and criminals who go around shooting at people should be put to death. But drug traffickers? Yes, they ruin lives by selling drugs. But then again, if there’s no demand, will there be supply? What I’m saying is, it takes two hands to clap. I will talk about that again later. Let’s take a look at the general public who are against and those who are in favour of capital punishment.

The year: 2005: In the aftermath of the execution of convicted Australian drug-runner Van Nguyen, who was arrested at Changi airport three years ago while in transit from Cambodia to Australia with 400 grams of heroin in his possession three years earlier, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, defended Singapore’s decision to hang Van Nguyen. He said: ‘We think that drug trafficking is a crime that deserves the death penalty. The evil inflicted on thousands of people with drug trafficking demands that we must tackle the source by punishing the traffickers rather than trying to pick up the pieces afterwards,” he said.

Demand and supply. If there’s no demand for drugs, would there be a supply for drugs? My point is, there’s no use executing the trafficker and not finding out the reason for the demand. Why does this teenager need drugs? Why does he/she still do drugs even when they know the consequences?

Abolish the death penalty for drug trafficking. It is not working. Killing them doesn’t mean the end of the drugs issue. People are still repeating the same mistake. I say, educate them in prison and then release them into the society to educate soon-to-be drug abusers.

Whether we care to admit it or not, drug abuse is here to stay. Taking another human life with the knowledge that drugs is still flowing in the society out there is plain murder. Education is the way forward. But then again, the jury is still out on this issue.



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Cambodia: Why it left an impact on me.

Well well. Haven’t blogged for a long time. Been really busy running around places. Never had a chance to sit down and composed myself. Finally, now I have a chance to that after moving house, youth camp, my trip to KL, going to Cambodia. Yes, my life is damn happening.

Cambodia. A place that I first visited 4 years ago and I made a promise to myself that I will go back every year to sow the seeds that we planted. But due to some unforeseen circumstances, I have been unable to do that.

And now 4 years later, I’m back. The customs officers  are still as unfriendly as before, the air still smells the same, the roads still as dusty as ever and the traffic is still horrendous.

But I notice a subtle change. There were more cars on the road now. Lexus, Mercedes and BMWs now joined the motorbikes and tut tuts in the fight for space on the roads. As the driver from church commented, ‘alot of cars for a third world country’.

It felt great to be back. I missed Cambodia and Cambodia prob missed me too 🙂

In the village, I did something I have never done before. And that was to wash someone’s hair. While I was washing the kids hair, there was this woman who wanted her hair to be washed, but for some reason, she kept hesitating. But I gave her a big smile and beckoned her to come.

She came, I washed her hair, and when she looked at me later, her face was full of gratitude. I was touched. I mean, I don’t do this everyday, and I’m no hair washing pro, so yups, her gratitude meant a great deal to me. She wasn’t done yet though. When we were washing the dishes, she came over to help, and during sermon she was very responsive too.

To quote a team member, she said: ‘If I were to live in this village, I don’t know if I am able to trust God’. I kinda of agree with her. I mean, walking around the village, we had to navigate our way around the countless animals’ dung. Village life is not for everyone. To see the kids there running around together with the chickens, ducks and cows, it is really incredible that these people still trust in God and come to church faithfully. What touched me was, God not only watches over average people like you and me, but people who have absolutely nothing.

And 4 days later, as my plane took off the runway, I looked down at the beautiful country below me. I remember the smiles on the people faces and the friends that I made. Tears came to my eyes as I prayed over the country. Most importantly, I found the main reason why God allowed me to go on this trip. Its the kids, or rather, the next generation.

I will miss Cambodia.

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