Substance abuse is not a ‘ghetto disease’ that afflicts only the poor or marginalized in society. Rather, it is a widely misunderstood disease and one which various governments are grappling with in their respective countries.
Prabu N Pathmanathan, a 31-year-old Malaysian national is slated to be executed this Friday (26 October 2018) Changi Prison Complex.
Prabu was first arrested for drug trafficking on 31 December 2014 and sentenced to the death penalty. His family was informed of Prabu’s execution date only on 20 October 2018.
While the newly elected Pakatan Harapan Government prepares to abolish the death penalty and ramps up its efforts to save the lives of Malaysians who are on death row abroad, their counterparts across the causeway seem to be hellbent on what can only be described as an unprecedented and vicious rampage.
While many academics and the Government have weighed in with their views, there is a deafening silence from the group which is directly affected by the policy ban on e-cigarettes. This crucial debate is taking place without the voice of the smoker being heard.
Although many Western countries accord drug addiction its medical recognition, Singapore is well-known for its tough stance in handling the local drug situation.