Over a year since it was first amended, we have been seeing the changes in the mandatory death penalty in Singapore.
Several lives have already been saved. One of those who received new sentences was Yong Vui Kong, for whom his family and anti-death penalty activists have campaigned so hard for. He fell to his knees when he realised that he would not be hanged.
It was a relief to know that some inmates would not be executed after all. But alongside these (relatively) happy announcements is something more serious: the changes in the mandatory death penalty have led to important developments that will affect future cases, and even the way we talk about the death penalty itself.