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SHANMUGAM: MHA SURVEY SHOWS MOST SPOREANS SUPPORT DEATH PENALTY

Home Affairs Minister, K Shanmugam, said in Parliament today (3 Mar) that the results of a survey conducted last year shows that most Singaporeans still support the mandatory death penalty.

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In giving this statement, Shanmugam said that most Singaporeans still feel that the death penalty still acts as a strong deterrent against serious crimes.

Findings

Here are the percentage of Singaporeans who answered according to the different questions asked:

Question: Is the mandatory death penalty appropriate?

  • Intentional Murder: 81 percent
  • Firearm Offences: 71 percent
  • Drug trafficking: 61 percent

Question: Does the death penalty deter such offences in Singapore?

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  • Yes: More than 80 percent
  • No: 20 percent or less

Study in 2021 of regions which drug traffickers come from

Another separate study was done by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in 2021 on people who come from places where drug traffickers which were arrested in Singapore came from.

The regions which the study was done in was not specified.

Question: Does the death penalty deter people from committing serious crimes in Singapore?

  • Yes: 82 percent
  • No: 18 percent

Question: Is the death penalty more effective than life imprisonment in discouraging crimes?

  • Yes: 69 percent
  • No: 31 percent

Question: Does the death penalty make people limit the amount of drugs they traffic into Singapore?

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  • Yes: 83 percent
  • No: 17 percent

Minister Shanmugam said that based on the respondents answers, if the death penalty is indeed removed, there will be more people not caring about the amount of drugs they traffic into Singapore.

He also emphasised that this surveys were carried out in places where most arrested drug traffickers in Singapore come from.

The Minister said that the results of the surveys would be made public to prevent feelings of prejudice towards Singapore’s interests in public and foreign policies.

Image source: K Shanmugam SC/Facebook, Google Maps

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