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Yong Vui Kong: I'll be active in anti-drug campaign if clemency granted
Sat, Aug 28, 2010
Sin Chew Daily

JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA - If clemency is granted from Singapore President Sellapan Ramanathan, Malaysian drug trafficker Yong Vui Kong said that his greatest wish would be to join the anti-drug campaign and guide other young people on the edge to return to the right path.

He said that he might have become a criminal who stops at no evil and brings great devastation to the community today if he was not arrested by the police at that time.

Yong, who has been imprisoned in Singapore's Changi Prison over the past three years said that he is no longer afraid of the uncertain date of the execution.

He said, "I'm not afraid of death anymore! However, I hope to try my best helping more people learn the Buddha dharma before I die."

Yong was sentenced to death after being convicted of drug trafficking when he was 18 years old. Over 100,000 Malaysians had signed to support a petition requesting clemency for Yong from the Singapore President.

Sin Chew Daily managed an exclusive interview with Yong, with the help of his family who visited him in the prison and passed him a list of questions.

Yong: My family members love me the most

Yong sighed with an emotion and said that only today, he realised that his family members love him the most!

"I treated my family as enemy in the past and I'd never thought that after being put behind bars, I can actually maintain the most intimate family relationships," he said.

He added that after three years in the prison, his relationship with his family has become closer and more harmonious.

"If the presidential clemency is granted, what I would like to do the most is to tell the world about the danger of drugs and how sinful drugs are," said Yong.

He believes that the main reason for young people to involve in drug trafficking is greediness and they hope to make a fortune by taking the shortcut.

Yun Leong, an older brother of Vui Kong, recounted Vui Kong's answers for the questions to Sin Chew Daily reporter.

Yong had written a letter earlier in the prison to thank the over 100,000 Malaysians who had signed to support a petition requesting clemency for him from the Singapore President.

The content would only be revealed after he has posted it.

Yun Leong said that Vui Kong had also passed another handwritten letter to his family, hoping that his family would help him pass the letter to Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Anifah Aman.

Yong hopes to get further assistance from the Foreign Ministry.

Most worried about his mother

Although he is no longer afraid of death, he is most worried about his mother Liaw Yueng Kuan, 55, who has been suffering from depression.

He said that they have no choice but to withhold his death sentence from his mother as they are worried about her health.

He has repeatedly asked his family members to pay attention to her mother's condition and give her necessary medicines.

Yong said that he does not wish to retaliate the person who had framed him anymore after his exposure to Buddhism.

He only hopes to help others by advising them to get rid of greed and be kind.

He said that in the past three years, he has turned from a meat eater to a vegetarian. And morning scripture chanting has become his most regular daily habit.

He said that unexpectedly, he has learned and have greater understanding on many things after he has been imprisoned.

Particularly after his exposure to Buddhism, Yong believes that he has totally enlightened.

He hopes to help more people back to the right path by sharing his insights of Buddhism.

The spirit of Ksitigarbha, who is known for his vow not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied, has influenced and reformed Yong the most. Yong said that he can now take all things happen around him calmly.

 

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