Singapore Survey on Public Opinion on the Death Penalty

14 December 2016

The results of a public opinion survey on the Death Penalty, led by Professor Chang Wing Cheong and Professor Tan Ern Ser was released by the National University of Singapore on Thursday.

Ms Braema Mathi from MARUAH supported the survey by providing a NGO perspective. MARUAH is very happy this survey has been carried out, with the kind help of NUS and Prof Roger Hood from Oxford University, who led similar studies in Trinidad, Malaysia etc.

More on the issue of the Death Penalty can also be found on The Death Penalty Project website
http://www.deathpenaltyproject.org/ 

The following findings of the survey report may be of interest

  • only 10 – 12 % of those profiled would support the mandatory death penalty for all cases (murder and drug trafficking);
  • when respondents were asked to rank five policies which they believed would be most likely to reduce very violent crimes leading to death and which four policies most likely to reduce the trade in dangerous drug, in both instances “better moral education of young people” was placed first by a majority of the respondents. Only 5% and 7% of the respondents ranked “greater number of executions” as being most effective to reduce violent crimes and drug trafficking respectively; and
  • those with degree qualification are 1.7 times more likely to support the death penalty than those with primary or lower education.

The survey report can be accessed below.
nus-public-opinion-report


Letter to President Tony Tan on Jabing Kho

18 May 2016

17th May 2016

Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
President
Republic of Singapore
istana_feedback@istana.gov.sg

Dear President Tan,

We from MARUAH, a human rights organisation, would like to lodge with you, our concerns and also ask that we stay the order to execute Jabing Kho, who is sentenced to be hanged on 20th May 2016, based on the letter received by his family.

We ask for this stay order and a review of the sentencing for the following reasons: – Read the rest of this entry »