Argument fails to take in facts

I REFER to the letter ''Hangings show up Singapore'' (South China Morning Post, September 7).

It is not true that the execution of two Hong Kong nationals who had been convicted in court for drug trafficking was ''hush hush'', as claimed in the letter.

Such an allegation had been dismissed earlier, with hard facts, in my letter (Post, September 2).

It follows that the argument by the unnamed writer, that this incident contradicted Singapore's ''claim of a more open government'', is flawed.

In publishing my letter, your paper omitted my reference to a sampling of attached local news reports on past executions of both Singaporeans and foreign nationals, which would have served to illustrate the point that the Singapore Government does not withhold information on the execution of condemned prisoners.

GORDON SEOW Commissioner in Hong Kong Republic of Singapore