Since then nothing has really changed. All our laws on capital punishment remain intact. Amnesty International still believes that Singapore continues to have "the highest rate of executions per capita in the world". It's a world record that Singapore has held for many years.
And so Singapore remains sharply out of sync with international human rights norms. Many Singaporeans still believe that drugs are such a terrible menace that we should kill their traffickers. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, the governments of civilised countries will protest even against the execution of an undoubted master villain like Saddam Hussein.
ST Jan 1, 2007
Hanging revives debate on capital punishment
LONDON - NOT many would quarrel with the fact that Saddam Hussein has finally paid for his crimes.
But the method of his execution and its graphic display have rekindled debate on the use of the death penalty, particularly in Europe.
Some of the strongest criticism has come from the Vatican which went so far as to call the execution 'tragic news...that risks feeding the spirit of revenge and sowing new violence'.
Several European leaders, across the political spectrum, also questioned whether justice was served in Saddam's execution on Saturday and warned of further spiralling bloodshed.
Finland, the European Union president, and several senior European Commission officials said the 25-member bloc opposes the death penalty as a matter of principle and that Saddam should not have been hanged despite his crimes.
'The EU has a very consistent view against using the death penalty and it should not have been used in this instance either, although there is no doubt over Saddam's guilt of very serious crimes against humanity,' Finland's Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja told Finnish television.
Mr Louis Michel, a member of the EU's executive commission, said he believed capital punishment was at odds with the democracy that Iraqi leaders were trying to build.