KUCHING: The state government will do its best to help save Sarawakian Kho Jabing who is facing the gallows in Singapore for killing a Chinese citizen in 2007.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said she was meeting Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today to see what the state could do to save him.
Nancy told the media this, after officiating at a ‘convocation ceremony’ for 154 preschoolers who attended the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation SeDidik classes.
Jabing, 31, was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 for the murder of Cao Ruyin, 40.
“The federal government had done its best and used all avenues to plead for leniency. Now it is up to the state government to see what it can do,” she said.
In 2014, the Singapore High Court reviewed Jabing’s case and gave him life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane.
However, this was shortlived when the death penalty was reimposed on him by the country’s Court of Appeal.
He was to be hanged last Friday but was given a stay of execution on Thursday.
The same court then gave his lawyer until this Nov 23 to present a Motion of Crisis for his case to be resubmitted.
On another issue, Nancy said people who spread rumours, highlighting racial or religious issues or even spun stories about politicians in the social media “could get the country into a mess”.
“I myself have been a target…I have seen those nasty things written about me being recycled again early this week, about two years after it first appeared in the social media.
“I believe this is now a trend in the country and part of the risks one has to face as a politician and especially as politicians in the federal side,” she said.
Nancy advised the people not to be easily misled by what they saw and read on the social media.- BERNAMA