Don't martyr the Bali bomber

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 August, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 August, 2003, 12:00am

I refer to the leader headlined 'Life sentence for Amrozi would be smarter move' (August 9).

As an Australian, I would like to air my concerns about terrorism. In the past three years, we (the public) have witnessed a lot of unrest. First with the September 11 attacks, then the Bali bombings and the ongoing war on terrorism.

As much as I do not support the war on terrorism by the US, I feel strongly about the Bali attack. The principle should always be a life for a life, especially in terrorist attacks. It appalls me that these acts of terror have happened, but we cannot change what has happened, although we can learn from history.

I believe that the guilty verdict for the 'smiling bomber' Amrozi is very good. However, if he dies, he will be regarded as a martyr and there will be more attacks. It will be worse if his comrades die as well.

I know that terrorism is not under control. This is particularly evident in the battles in the Middle East.

Amrozi deserves to die a painful death, not by a bullet or the noose but by rotting in jail.

JESSICA YUEN, Kowloon Tong