First Appeared: | April 27, 2018

When you enter Singapore and fill in your immigration form, it says in big bold red letters: WARNING DEATH TO DRUG TRAFFICKERS UNDER SINGAPORE LAW.

Malaysia similarly has a mandatory death sentence for drug offences. Indonesia decided in 2016 it should go even further and proposed executing drug dealers by force-feeding them their own drugs.

The Philippines recently declared all-out war on drug dealers and there are estimates that 20,000 have been killed.

I am not advocating such drastic measures. But if you ask whether these measures work, the answer is yes, almost certainly. Singapore, in particular, has one of the lowest crime and murder rates in the world. You think twice when you sign that immigration form, not just about drugs but also about making sure you don’t commit other offences. There was a notorious case a few years ago when an American teenager was publicly lashed for vandalising cars. The Singaporeans went ahead with this despite an international outcry to show what would happen to others. Do cars get vandalised in Singapore now? Almost never. These stories last a long time.

Meanwhile in liberal London we do not even want stop and search. We stopped profiling suspects and guess what, drug gangs are flourishing, knives and guns are everywhere and the murder rate is spiralling out of control.