King wrote to Singapore president on Nagaenthran’s behalf, Dewan told

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Yang di-Pertuan Agong had written to the president of Singapore, appealing for clemency for a Malaysian who has been sentenced to hang in the island republic, the Dewan Rakyat was told.

“We tried all we could to help and I can reveal that apart from the foreign minister and the prime minister, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had also written to the Singapore president for the sentence to be reduced for a certain case, or the individual to be freed,” deputy foreign minister Kamarudin Jaffar said, referring to Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam.

Kamarudin said this when winding up the Supply Bill 2022 at the committee stage in reply to Kasthuri Patto (PH-Batu Kawan) who had asked what was Putrajaya’s rolling plan to uphold human rights in the country.

Kasthuri also thanked the foreign minister and the ministry for intervening in Nagaenthran’s case.

Earlier this month, a Singapore court stayed until further notice the execution of Nagaenthran on the grounds of “common sense and humanity” after confirming he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Nagaenthran was detained in 2009 for trafficking in 42.72gm of heroin and was set to be executed on Nov 9.

The court had convened for a ruling on a last-ditch appeal that argued the Malaysian should not be hanged because he was not of sound mind.

The judge did not rule on the appeal.

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