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Singapore’s Death Penalty Essay

Singapore became an independent country in 1965. Since then it has introduced many laws to make their country more stable and a safer place to live in. One of the laws is the death penalty. In between 1994 and 1999 Singapore had the highest per-capita execution rate in the world. Many people get confused when they hear this fact because to them Singapore is one of the most developed countries and a great tourist destination. In such countries one does not expect the execution rate to be this high. Normally most countries have finished the death penalty and give life in prison punishment to the criminals.

In Singapore under the death penalty, the following offenses are charged- waging or attempting to wage war against the Government, Offences against the President, Mutiny, Piracy that endangers life, Perjury that results in the execution of an innocent person, Murder, Encouragement or assistance in the suicide of a person under the age of 18 or an “insane” person, Attempted murder by a prisoner serving a life sentence, Kidnapping or abducting in order to murder, Robbery committed by five or more people that results in the death of a person, Drug trafficking and Unlawful discharge of firearms. These are very extreme offenses so it is no surprise that the people of Singapore still support the death penalty. It has made their country better in many ways. While the world suffers from drug abuse Singapore hardly ever reports a case where people died because of drug abuse. Singapore has a notorious standing in the world for having one of the lowest crime rates in the world. The death penalty should be given some credit in this. Executions are shown on the media and this is a lesson for the public. Another effect of the death penalty is that the criminal can never commit a crime again. This is insurance that the crime will remain low. Compared to countries where criminals commit severe crimes yet get to live and are released from jail, they get back to doing the same things. What was the use of giving them a mere punishment?

Another positive of the death penalty is that it broadcasts the subject of retribution. Many people frequently puzzle retribution with revenge. Revenge means imposing harm on the criminal out of resentment because of his actions. Retribution is the theory that the criminal ought to face a punishment appropriate with the seriousness of his offense. If Singapore removes the death penalty people will not think that the punishment being given is justified and so will want to deal with the matter in their own way. This will increase the crime rate as even the people who are not violent get mixed up in the crime. Singapore needs to be an example for the rest of the world and should be organized and prepared. The strict laws keep it together and the peace that Singapore is so popular for, is maintained just because of these laws.

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