Despite calls for clemency by the Malaysian government and Amnesty International, Michael anak Garing was executed at Changi Prison this morning.
The Sarawakian was convicted of murder in 2015 by the island republic’s high court and the conviction was affirmed by the court of appeal in 2017.
“His remains are expected to arrive at Sibu Airport tomorrow before being brought back to his hometown in Kapit. We are currently assisting Michael’s family members who are here,” a spokesman of the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore was quoted as saying.
It was made to understand that Michael, 29, had converted to Islam in prison and chose Muhammad Arif Sufi as his Muslim name.
On March 20, the parents of Michael, Ensiring anak Garman and Garing anak Kanyan, had sent a clemency petition to the President of Singapore to spare their son’s life by commuting his sentence to life imprisonment.
“I still do not want to believe despite being told the sentence had been carried out,” one of Michael’s family members who did not wish to be named was reportedly quoted as saying.
According to him, both parents of Michael were devastated with the loss.
Michael, then 21, was part of a gang involved in a robbery in Kallang Road from late in the night of May 29, 2010, until the early hours of the next day which led to the death of 41-year-old construction worker Shanmuganathan Dillidurai.
The dead man had a fractured skull, a severed left hand, a slash wound across his neck and a back wound so deep that his shoulder blade was cracked.
Three others were severely injured.
Another accused, Tony Imba, was jailed for life with 24 strokes of the cane while Hairee Landak, was sentenced in 2013 to 33 years’ imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane.
Donny Meluda, who went on the run for more than six years, was given a similar sentence of 33 years’ imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane in 2018.