The Execution of Mr Tuong van Nguyen
- Wednesday 30 November 2005

The Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans' Association (APPVA), represents the interests of up to 76,000 Australian Defence Force and Police Force Veterans who have served in War, Peacekeeping, Peace-Enforcement, Monitoring, Mine Clearing, Humanitarian and Peacetime Operations since 14 Sep 1947.

The APPVA opposes the notion of a minute's silence at 0900 (AEDST), of a convicted drug smuggler, who is to be executed in Singapore for his crime. We believe that the prevention of the entry into Australia of more than 26,000 hits of heroin (398 grams), bound for the streets and kids of Australia, has saved a large number of young Australian lives.

It is also non-Australian to demand that the Prime Minister suspend the PM's XI match against the West Indies this Friday. Also of concern is the number of politicians calling for sanctions on Singapore. This can be viewed as western interference and intimidation, within South East Asia at its highest. We need peace in our region, not intimidation from our own country.

The One Minute Silience for Nguyen this Friday is absolutely rejected by the APPVA, as this is an honour, only recognised by the public to those who honourably fell during war and conflict. Indeed, the One Minute Silence was instigated by King George V in 1919, to mark the day that the Germans surrendered to the Allies in World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - then known as Armistice Day. Following World War II and thereafter, it became known as Remembrance Day to honour all those who have fallen in war, conflict, peacekeeping operations and training for war around the world, in the name of peace and security.

The suggestions made by those to have one minute's silence to a convicted drug trafficker's execution in Singapore is not in similar context to those who have so honourably served and died for this country in war and peace.

The APPVA therefore rejects the call for one minute silence and scrapping the PM's XI match this Friday as Nguyen is executed.

CONTACT: National President Paul Copeland Mobile: 0419 355 226