Saifuddin reaches out to Singapore on Nagaenthran’s sentencing

by ASILA JALIL / pic by TMR FILE

FOREIGN Affairs minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah has sent a letter to his counterpart in Singapore with regards to the death sentence of Malaysian Nagaenthran Dhamalingam which will be executed on Nov 10.

He had received letters from the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) via Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah which highlighted the execution and requested for the ministry to raise the issue with the Singaporean government.

“I have sent a letter to the Foriegn Affairs minister of Singapore regarding the case. The ministry via the Malaysia High Commissioner in Singapore will continue to monitor any updates on the case and will provide necessary assistance to Mr Nagaenthran and his family,” he said in a statement today.

Nagaenthran was arrested by Singaporean enforcement on April 22, 2009 for trafficking in 42.72gm of diamorphine and was given the death penalty by the republic’s High Court on Nov 22, 2010.

“The appeal was done until the final stage which is through the application of a Presidential Clemency. However, the application was rejected on Jun 1, 2020,” added Saifuddin.

Yesterday, DAP policymaker Kasthuri Patto has called for the government to intervene and appeal to the Singaporean government to not mete out the execution of Nagaenthran.

She said Nagenthran’s defence team had underscored his mental disability which compromised his ability to evaluate the risk of a situation.

In her statement, she noted that Nagaenthran was diagnosed with a borderline intellectual disability with an IQ of 69.

ADPAN had also submitted a memorandum addressed to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Laws) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar outside Parliament yesterday, calling for a more lenient punishment for Nagaenthran.