Articles, Opinions & Views: Have they killed Nagaenthran, yet? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy


 
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“When you're left wounded on

Afganistan's plains and

the women come out to cut up what remains,

Just roll to your rifle

and blow out your brains,

And go to your God like a soldier”

“We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.”

“It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it.”

“Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

“The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace,

for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”

“May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't .”
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

“Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.

“Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man."
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.

The Soldier stood and faced God


Which must always come to pass

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He hoped his shoes were shining

Just as bright as his brass

"Step forward you Soldier,

How shall I deal with you?


Have you always turned the other cheek?


To My Church have you been true?"


"No, Lord, I guess I ain't


Because those of us who carry guns


Can't always be a saint."

I've had to work on Sundays

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said

And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around


Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here,


Lord, It needn't be so grand,


I never expected or had too much,


But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne

Where the saints had often trod

As the Soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,

You've borne your burden well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

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Have they killed Nagaenthran, yet? - Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
Wednesday, April 27, 2022


Malaysiakini : “Remember Yong Vui Kong”, my friend texted. They let him live. For readers unfamiliar with this case and the work of anti-death penalty advocates, you can read about the legislation here written by Kristen Han:

“As it stands, Singapore’s death penalty for drugs means that any low-level courier or drug mule convicted of trafficking above a certain amount is bound for the gallows, unless he/she is of use to the prosecution. It’s a philosophy that sees an individual’s right to life not as a fundamental right, but as a privilege that can be taken away unless the authorities are appeased – hardly a reflection of minister Balakrishnan’s claim that ‘all human life is sacred’, or that the death penalty is used only ‘in the proper context and in strictly limited circumstances’.”

I have always had a problem with executing drug mules. Most people who are hung for this offence are so low down the criminal food chain, that their effects on society are minimal at best.

This idea that drug mules destroy families is complete horse manure.

What destroys families are not drugs but rather the way the state has declared certain diseases (addiction) as worthy of sanctions and created a war on drugs in which entire families are treated as enemy combatants.

Now you are free to believe that any drug problem begins and ends with the execution of drug mules. You are free to believe that Nagaenthran Dharmalingam’s death was just and Singaporeans are better off with his execution.

Candlelight vigil for Nagaenthran Dharmalingam at the Singapore Embassy.

Drug entrepreneurs live in luxury

Meanwhile, drug entrepreneurs are living in luxury. Most of them are politically connected.

When not busy corrupting the state security apparatus, they are corrupting the political process.

Does the death penalty really seem appropriate for those people who are so low down the food chain while the real masterminds are probably propping up the banking institutions and the economy of the country?

Most of them launder their money through institutions that law-abiding citizens use.

Drug money becomes part of the system, used for all manner of purposes, some of it illicit, so the cycle of capitalistic life continues.

Of course, the sanctimonious pay no attention to this reality but are satisfied the “law” is meted out to the often ignorant and desperate people, is worthy of admiration.

As reported in the press, Nagaenthran wanted to hold his family’s hands:

“I’d like to make a last-minute request to spend some time with my family members,” he said via a translator.

“I’m placing this request so I can hold my family members’ hands. Here in court, your honour, I would like to hold my family members’ hands, not in prison. May I please have permission to hold their hands here?”

As someone who has actually witnessed such farewells, you never really grasp the finality of the situation.

We take for granted everyday contact with loved ones. We never stop to think, this may be the last time.

You are at the mercy of an uncaring system that only seeks to carry out a mandate efficiently without any remorse or understanding.

“There must come a time when the last word of the court is the last word,” proclaimed the highest court of the land in Nagaenthran’s final appeal.

When you are a desperate mother fighting for your child’s life and from a socio-economic background that does not afford you privileges that come with money, you have no choice but to grasp every little hope there is.

“I am Nagaenthran’s mother, I want my son back alive, your honour. We are in dire straits now,” said Panchalai Supermaniam.

Why execute someone like this?

I understand if the damage done by the condemned had impacted Singapore in some grave way that the only recourse, the only closure for the population was the death of the condemned.

I would not support it but I would understand. Nagaenthran's death, like countless others, is merely a boast.

A talking point for severe retributive punishment, welcomed only by the most vacuous and simplistic of people.

My last text to my friend was, “Yes, they have.”

posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 2:00 PM  
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