Singapore surveys public on attitudes toward death penalty as rights groups call for its abolition

Singapore will gauge public attitudes towards the death penalty in a survey, the interior ministry said on Wednesday, as human rights groups renewed calls for its abolition.
The city state – which staunchly maintains that capital punishment is a crime deterrent – executed eight convicts last year, the highest number in a decade, according to official data. They had all committed drug offences.
The Straits Times said it is the first time that the MHA, which is in charge of the…