It’s a little surreal, receiving a letter from death row. But the message is upbeat. There isn’t a hint of self-pity. No plea for mercy. Rather, the boy thanks everyone for their generosity and support.
“I made a mistake because I was uneducated and didn’t know better…I am thankful I wasn’t put to death on the 4th of December.”
They’d as good as given up last year. The family had even made funeral arrangements and were in the midst of saying their final goodbyes. But then the unthinkable happened. Vui Kong’s lawyer succeeded in getting not just one, but two stays of execution.
You wonder what will happen at the next hearing and a knot forms in your throat.
**Yong Vui Kong’s appeal hearing is on 15 March 2010 at 10am at the Court of Appeal**