Over the last one and a half months, 16-year-old Amos Yee was arrested and charged, and has now been held in remand for 17 days in total now.
All because he said something about Lee Kuan Yew. You can read more about his persecution here.
The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), or the government’s lawyers, charged Amos and said that he drew something obscene and wanted to intentionally wound the feelings of Christians.
Have you seen the image that Amos drew? You can Google it under “Lee Kuan Yew buttfucking”. To be considered obscene legally, the image must make you feel tempted to act out your sexual fantasies and want to have sex. Go take a look at the photo and see if you would actually want to do so.
Then you will know why Amos needs to be released.
Not only that, government-controlled companies, such as Mediacorp, have even created TV shows which would rightfully be classified as “obscene” but they have never been charged.
In fact, Mediacorp’s FHM magazine would be considered even more “obscene”. If they need not be charged, surely there are simply no grounds for Amos to be charged, isn’t it?
Then why was Amos charged? If Amos was charged, then it is clear that it is not the image that he did that is the issue, isn’t it? Clearly, he PAP wanted to persecute Amos because of what he said about Lee Kuan Yew.
But Amos is a 16-year-old boy, for goodness sake. Even if the PAP feels insecure about its own power, a 16-year-old, really? The PAP would persecute a mere child because it is scared?
On the charge of wanting to intentionally wound the feelings of Christians, many Christians have spoken up for Amos.
Amos’s own bailer, Vincent Law, said that he is Christian but not offended by what Amos said. 65-year-old John Loh also told Reuters that he is not offended too.
In fact, a petition set up a Christian Singaporean has now garnered more than 4,000 signatories where many Christians have also spoken up in support of Amos.
Moreover, even though there were 32 people who made police reports against Amos, the AGC did not call up any of them to stand as witnesses in court.
In fact, even the police reports that were made against Amos were not revealed. Then how can we verify the veracity of these reports?
Amos’s lawyers also pointed out that of the two reports that they were able to access, two of them reported against Amos because they were upset with what Amos had said about their “founding father” or Lee Kuan Yew.
In fact, two of the people who made police reports were Lionel de Souza and Chia Boon Teck, and they have been found to be affiliated to the People’s Action Party (PAP).
Lionel de Souza is a PAP member.
And Chia Boon Teck is also related to the PAP and had written into The Straits Times Forum Page and said that he does not tolerate those who make “disrespectful comments” about Lee Kuan Yew.
Clearly, the persecution of Amos is because he had spoken about Lee Kuan Yew. The persecution of Amos is political.
In truth, it was not because he wounded the feelings of Christians. It was because he wounded the feelings of the PAP members or supporters.
Who do the PAP members think they are? God?
Do they think Singapore belongs only to the PAP and other Singaporeans who do not side them should be subjected to being second class and bullied by them?
The PAP supporters keep claiming that Amos should be persecuted because he spoke about Christianity.
But when PAP members have also made insensitive remarks about religion or ethnicity, nothing happened to them.
The PAP supporters keep saying that Amos should be persecuted but they would keep quiet when it is their own members who said the same things.
If the PAP supporters keep saying that what Amos said is a crime, shouldn’t many of the PAP members be thrown into jail? Why didn’t this happen?
In fact, when an ordinary Singaporean made a police report on one of the PAP members and tried to follow up on it, the PAP used the government agencies and police to intimidate him instead. You can read more about Abdul Salim Harun’s persecution here and here.
What happened to the rule of law? Is Singapore now a lawless place where only the PAP’s law matters?
Must you be a PAP member to be safe in Singapore, and if you are not, will you, your children and their children never be safe? All because we don’t support the PAP?
Not only that, look at what Lee Kuan Yew had said before.
If Lee Kuan Yew had said things much worse than what Amos had said, shouldn’t Lee Kuan Yew have been thrown into jail?
Why was Lee Kuan Yew allowed to walk around freely? Why was he not punished, jailed and caned like many of the PAP supporters want to be done to Amos?
In fact, why did the PAP supporters not smack Lee Kuan Yew in the face, like how some of them cheered when a man physically assaulted Amos and smacked him in the face.
What are the PAP supporters trying to say? If you say something against Lee Kuan Yew or the PAP, you are a criminal. And if you do not support the PAP, physical violence can be meted out on you and the PAP supporters will think is acceptable?
Meanwhile, Amos has been remanded in prison for a total of 17 days now and has been handcuffed in chains and shackles, which have eaten into his legs and caused him to be in much pain.
Not only that, when Amos appeared in court, he wore a shirt with the words, “Prisoner”, on the back to humiliate him.
All because he said something about Lee Kuan Yew.
Has Singapore become PAP? Is it now illegal to give your opinions about Lee Kuan Yew or the PAP? Does the PAP think this is North Korea?
Why is the PAP taking over the country as if Singapore belongs to the PAP?
If you are a PAP member or supporter and you say something, you will never be charged. You will be allowed to go scot free.
But if you are not a PAP supporter, the PAP will not even wait to charge you. The PAP will charge you immediately.
Amos was charged within a day of being arrested. This is how the PAP treat Singaporeans.
If we don’t support the PAP, they will “fix” us. It is no longer about fixing the opposition. All Singaporeans who do not support the PAP now will be fixed.
But is this the kind of Singapore you want? Is this the kind of government you want?
The PAP no longer cares for Singaporeans. It only cares for itself.
It is scary that Singaporeans would still allow the PAP to be in government.
If I were you, I will vote to kick the PAP out of government. They have abused their power for too long and now, even turned against Singaporeans.
In fact, after Lee Kuan Yew died, the PAP has now attacked Singaporeans even more. Not only did it attack Amos, it is trying to shut down the “alternative” online news sites to prevent Singaporeans from being able to read “alternative” news.
The PAP wants us to only read its propaganda, to only read the “right thing”, as Yaacob Ibrahim said before.
What is happened in Singapore now is terrible. Do you want Singapore to go down this road, where the PAP is king and where they make Singaporeans second class citizens and bully Singaporeans?
Does this worry you?
But it is clear that Singaporeans are not happy. Within a month after Lee Kuan Yew died, there have already been several acts of civil disobedience.
But the question is, Singaporeans, when will we rise together?
But it is not just that. Even when we know that the PAP is taking our Central Provident Fund (CPF) pension funds to use while it denies it, why do we tolerate it? Lee Kuan Yew said in 2001 and 2006 that “GIC does not use CPF funds”. But last year, the PAP finally admitted that it does. Why didn’t Singaporeans fight back?
Why wasn’t Lee Kuan Yew charged?
Also, when we know that the PAP also puts itself on the board of directors of the GIC, which takes our CPF money to use and earn from, but yet claim that the PAP-run government does not interfere in the GIC, why do we still allow them to whitewash us? Why do we allow them to bully us? Why, Singaporeans? Why don’t you fight back?
Which is why I am doing this for Amos. And which is why many of us are doing this for him. Amos spoke up about the truth in Singapore and the PAP decided to persecute him for it. He spoke up about the income inequality and how he wanted a better Singapore.
“It is by how he creates a place where people are able to live happily and prosper, based on their own unique attributes,” Amos said, when explaining what a great leader should be.
I have thus started a campaign to support Amos and demand for the release for Amos.
You can take a picture of yourself holding a message of support and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I started this campaign on Saturday evening and in just less than 2 days, more than 40 people have sent in their photos. You can see my previous post for them.
Please send your photos to me by tonight (Singapore time). Amos’s judgment will be given tomorrow. I hope to compile the photos into a video to show support for him.
Amos did not do anything wrong. He has to be freed.
This evening at 7.30pm, the Community Action Network will also be holding a candlelight vigil for Amos at the Hong Lim Park. If you would like to come and show your support for Amos, please come.
I will be going as well.
You can go to the Facebook event page here.
What is happening to Amos is wrong. And how the PAP is taking over government to protect its own interests is also wrong. We cannot allow this to keep going on.
Amos is innocent. He has to be freed.