Mentally disabled Malaysian to be executed by Singapore government

by | Nov 2, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

Citizens are mulling if the execution of a mentally disabled Malaysian for drug trafficking set on November 10 in Singapore is a merciless act.

Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, 21 during the incident, was sentenced to death in 2010 for trafficking 42.72g of diamorphine.

He was caught at the Woodlands Checkpoint after authorities found the drugs strapped to his thigh.

Nagaenthran claimed that a man had assaulted and threatened to kill his girlfriend if he did not be a mule.

The court had still ruled for the death sentence although it was proven that he was diagnosed with a borderline intellectual disability.

Malaysians have since started a petition, hoping that an act of mercy will be shown.

Currently, the petition has gathered more than 18,600 signatures.

His lawyer, M Ravi said, “How insensitive are the prison authorities to tell his family to come to Singapore and prepare for his funeral during Deepavali?”

Jeff Jun Wei feels that the sentencing was unfair and wants compassion to be shown.

“It’s sad as we don’t know the real story, for all we know he was made to do it without realizing what he did was wrong? While being a drug mule is an offense, what about the cartels?” he added.

Others have shared that the law must be upheld despite it taking place during the festive season.

Vadivalu Stanley believes it is redundant to argue about the situation as everyone knows the penalty for drugs is death.

Mok Kam Cheong agreed and added that he respects the Singapore government for honouring the law to the fullest.