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The Mandatory Death Penalty – views from young S’poreans

Posted by theonlinecitizen on January 21, 2010

TOC TV takes to the streets to ask young Singaporeans their views on the mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking in Singapore.

12 Responses to “The Mandatory Death Penalty – views from young S’poreans”

  1. Busta Rhymes said

    Dear TOC,

    As a long time loyal reader of your high calibre Blog that serves the community and netizens interest, I wish to convey my Congratulations to you for your Video Interview.

    This IS the way to go, going forward.

    The longer it (that thing) is held late, the more time to have more videos that project the Voice of Citizens. We need to hear more Citizen Voices.

    As time ticks away, we inch closer to the busting of the kookoo clock. if u know waht i mean.

    Busta Rhymes

  2. Phua Jiu Tang said

    Shocking! Singaporean YOUTHS do not understand the meaning of Mandatory. English Fail! F9 though should be F10 but no such grade exist.

  3. XP said

    i wonder why nobody understands the word. and these are not primary school kids either.


  4. sir run run said

    Actually the interviewer should’ve made clear what mandatory means in a legal context, that discretion is removed from the judge. there are also situations, as i have heard, where the investigators become the ones that assess migitating factors, as they are the ones who assess the actual ammount siezed from the suspect and it is not unheard of that often figures are rounded down so suspects in certain cases might not have to face a mandatory death penalty.

    By and large this interview was a rather poor one. Aside from mandatory sentencing, issues like the presumption of guilt, the deterrent effect, and the actual harm posed by drug abuse could be touched upon to provide a proper context for the discussion of the mandatory death penalty.

  5. Mas Selamat said

    Come on! Stop acting smart and be like “why people don’t know the meaning of mandatory?” This is Singapore and we hardly use such “chim” words. Imagine going to the kopitiam and hearing a conversation like this:

    Ah Beng: Hey! I demand you purchase a drink for me!

    Ah Lian: Tarry here and one day perchance I shall be benevolent enough to buy you a drink.

    Ah Beng: Treat me now or I shall obliterate you!

    Ah Lian: It’s a double-edged sword. You might kill me and get the MANDATORY death sentence!

    Listen to the bombastic words! This will only exacerbate the situation!
    P.S. Send me to Singapore again leh! Then I can escape! 🙂

  6. Fred said

    Unless you’re trafficking drugs, no reason to feel alarmed

  7. Fong Siew Bern said

    Can MOE pls investigate why many youths interviewed do not know the definition of ‘Mandatory’?

    Pls add this word into your english language ciriculum if not already done so. Its a shame that so many do not understand.

    1st world english?

  8. XO said

    Right, so mas selamat finds it acceptable to have Singaporean students in their teens (and most probably educated to at least the O’level standard) failing in basic vocabulary?


    den liddat how? Die Liao lah. If dey dunno how to understand English and Chinese hor, den how are we bilingualistic?

    I am not saying that singaporeans need to be so linguistically fluent that they understand every ‘chim’ word they come across. But words like ‘mandatory’ (which, for the record, was not found to be exactly ‘chim’ to a 15 yr old boy as myself) should be basic. I can see the word appearing every now and then in magazines like newsweekly and time; even reader’s digest. That’s not the shameful thing yet. I see a lot of the youths oblivious to the death penalty. Seriously, this phenomenon borders and teeters on the verge if a social stigma, brewing as we speak. It does seem that besides excelling at maths and science, we youths aren’t really good at anything else, particularly current affairs.

  9. dd said

    why are there so many don’t know the meaning of the word, ‘mandatory’???

    English teaching is terrible these days, it seems like the government is just about letting anyone teach english.

  10. jonny said

    It is obvious from the comments above that the structure of the video interview has shifted attention away from the issue of capital punishment to that of the standard of English in Singapore.

    I think the questions should have been reduced to just one and the background (how much drugs, what is mandatory) explained clearly in simple English, so that the polling interview is focused on getting feedback on just a single question from a large number of people.

    Still, it disappoints me to hear many people supporting it, giving the typical explanations like drugs are bad for you. Yah, so is tobacco, so kill the cigarette vendors. Saturated fats are bad for you, no doubt, so kill the pig farmers.

    Killing the traffickers is just typical of our government’s simplistic, knee-jerk approach to handling problems: there’s nothing you can’t solve by aiming a deadly lightning bolt at it. This quickfix justice has no heart for the individual, who is typically simple, gullible, or just financially desperate. The true masterminds of the syndicate are far removed, untouched by the law. This is not justice in my book.

  11. nadiah said

    It disappoints me that most of the youths supporting this death penalty.I thought they were the ones that are in school and as we know are the youths of the future.Why does it seems to me like they don’t have a mind of their own or they are just the typical singaporean where whatever the government says and do is right and just don’t go against it.

    I obviously don’t support death penalty for drug trafficking because what makes you powerful enough to play god and take someones life away.If you look at it in a different point of view, drug trafficking could be another persons job,he may not even take the drugs. A person who take drugs should be hang for their own stupidity because it’s a CHOICE THEY MAKE! Is’t that marketing? If you were selling fish and their were high demand would’t you bring in more fish?
    It’s just business in it’s own sense.

    Why not make them entrepreneurs and make them give back to society?

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