Protecting innocent people

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 21 January, 1995, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 21 January, 1995, 12:00am

RECENTLY, there has been a fair amount of publicity on Singapore's tough drug trafficking laws and many people have voiced their opposition to such laws.

These criticisms are totally unjustified. It is well known that trafficking in more than 15 grams of drugs results in a mandatory death penalty in Singapore.

If people persist in trafficking, then who else is there to blame? In addition, have those who condemn the death penalty ever thought about the many lives that have been ruined by drugs? Don't forget that drug traffickers are criminals.

I sometimes wonder whether those who criticise the death penalty are more concerned with the well-being of these criminals than those whose lives have been or could be put in jeopardy by drug abuse. Yes, the death penalty is a very severe form of punishment. However, it has been implemented to protect innocent people from the harmful consequences of drug abuse.

For those of us who are never ever going to be drug traffickers and would like to ensure that we and our loved ones live in an environment that is as much as possible free from drug abuse, there is every reason to support, and no reason to fear, the imposition of the most severe forms of punishment against drug traffickers.

The death penalty is not a foolproof measure against drug trafficking - nothing is. But at least it will make a potential drug trafficker think very hard about whether or not he is willing to risk his life.

If a person decides that it is worth risking his or her life to do so, then he or she should be prepared to face the consequences.