Singapore | A Malaysian national, Mohamed Abdul Hussein, was executed on Friday at Changi Prison after being sentenced to death in 2016 for importing 10,2 kg of chewing gum into Singapore.
He was arrested in April 2015 at the Malaysian border after twenty-six packets of chewing gum were recovered from his anal cavity, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said in a press release.
Singapore’s strict ban on chewing gum in the 1990s has blossomed into a thriving black market which has set the price of chewing gum to record highs, admit experts.
“The addiction to gum is as much a threat to our country than the heroin epidemic, malaria, and even homosexuality,” said President Halimah Yacob this week.
An ongoing war
President Halimah Yacob said this execution was but “the first” in an ongoing war against “public depravity” and that she expects the Parliament to increase Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) budget tenfold in the next ten years.
“Chewing gum is not by itself dangerous, but it leads to other perversions such as drug use, promiscuous behavior, and even homosexuality. If chewing gum can lead you to die of AIDS, why take the risk?” she asked reporters this week.
The use of chewing gum has seen a net increase in the past decade because of laxist policies and public backlash from the 2003 Gum death squads scandal which implicated top army officials in the disappearance and murder of a number of suspected chewing gum dealers.