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Death penalty attitudes to be gauged

Death penalty attitudes to be gauged

Singapore will look into public attitudes towards the death penalty in a survey, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Wednesday.

The Straits Times said it was the first time that the MHA, which is in charge of the prisons department, is conducting a survey on the subject.

Last week’s hanging in Singapore of convicted Malaysian drug trafficker Prabu N Pathmanathan sparked fresh calls to scrap the death penalty, a legacy of British colonial rule.

“The ministry is conducting the survey to give us a better understanding of Singapore residents’ attitudes towards the death penalty,” MHA said in a statement.

It said the survey is part of the government’s “regular research on our criminal justice system” and involves citizens and permanent residents.

“Participants were randomly selected for a representative sample of the Singapore resident population,” it added.

Some 2,000 respondents will be questioned between October and December by market research consultancy Blackbox Research, which the MHA has commissioned for the project.

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