Asked to comment, Balakrishnan's response was, "I didn't know about it until I read about it in the papers. It shows that I almost didn't care." Without citing any numbers, the Minister still insists that the Games would bring Singapore "significant tangible benefits".
Number of Presidential Pardons granted:
|Benjamin Sheares (1971-1981)||2|
|Devan Nair (1981-1985)||1|
|Wee Kim Wee (1985 -1993)||3|
|Ong Teng Cheong (1993-1999)||1|
|S R Nathan (1999 - present)||0|
Except for the civil rights groups battling tirelessly for an end to the Mandatory Death Penalty, nobody else seems to care either.