Sarawak will try to plead for clemency for man on death row in Singapore: Minister

Sarawakian Kho Jabing who is on death row in Singapore.
Sarawakian Kho Jabing who is on death row in Singapore.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

KUCHING (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Sarawak state government will try to plead for clemency for a Sarawakian on death row in Singapore.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri said she was meeting Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem on Tuesday (Nov 10) to discuss what the state government could do to help Kho Jabing.

"The federal government has done its best, so now I'm seeing CM to see what we are able to do to help. As Sarawakians we try our very best to do what we can.

"The federal government has resorted to all avenues, so now it's up to us in the state government to do our best for our fellow Sarawakian," Ms Nancy, an MP from Sarawak, told reporters on Tuesday.

Asked if the state government would plead for clemency, she replied: "We are trying."

Jabing, 31, was granted a stay of execution by Singapore's Court of Appeal last Thursday, a day before he was scheduled to be hanged for murder in 2008.

He was sentenced in 2010 but was re-sentenced to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane in 2013 when his case was reviewed.

The prosecution challenged the decision last year in the Court of Appeal, which reimposed the death sentence.