Latest: Singapore single mother awaits death row in Malaysia for drug trafficking. On the pretext of a business trip to China, Iqah was handed a suitcase containing heroin arranged by her Nigerian boyfriend and was arrested by Malaysian Immigration. A campaign is underway to raise funds for the appeal. To find out more, read

We have also heard that since Vui Kong's appeal started, there has been an unofficial stay of execution for all prisoners on death row in Changi Prison, pending the decision of the court on Yong's case. As the case has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal, we anticipate a Changi gallows bloodbath in a scale not seen since the Pulau Senang uprising in 1965 when 18 men were convicted of murder and hanged in a single Friday morning.

Singapore, which routinely persecute dissenters and critics, continue to hang young drug runners while at the same time work closely with Burmese military generals, and has invested billions in business ties with Burma, one of the biggest heroin manufacturing countries the world.


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How to Kill a Human Being

In this BBC documentary How to Kill a Human Being, a researcher explains and demonstrate the long drop hanging, a method used in Commonwealth countries, following the old British system left over after colonial rule.

By using a crude calculation of weight of prisoner to length of rope, this method of hanging sometimes gruesomely decapitates the head if the drop is too long or if the neck is too weak to withstand the impact of the drop.

Barzan Ibrahim, Saddam Hussein's half brother, was decapitated this way in 2007 following a botched execution.

Worse, there have been cases where the drop was not sufficient to put out the condemned immediately and he remains struggling until eventually suffocating due to the tightening of the cord around the neck.

Countries like Egypt, Kuwait, Singapore and Malaysia adpt this method of hanging, arguably a humane form of execution as the condemned may feel pain of a very short duration or immediate unconsciousness. But it is still not fool proof nor 100% as some cases show.