Quite a number of Singaporeans seem to know only how to kow tow to the powers that be but quick to whack a powerless citizen.
Video still available online at link below.
Amos is entitled to his opinion of anyone and he appears to be more politically mature compared to much older adults whose comments were childish. What he should have done was leave out the profanities and reference to religion but after all, he is only a teenager.
We need citizens like Amos who are fearless and speak their minds. It is sad to see many Singaporeans who grew up in a climate of fear under LKY have continued to live in its shadow. Amos Yee would probably have said “Singaporeans all talk, got no balls”. Are you one of them?
An inconvenient truth – LKY did not earn but demanded respect through the use of propaganda to create fear. A list of leaders who had earned our respect includes our people’s president Ong Teng Cheong, Goh Keng Swee, Rajaratnam, etc. In death, Singaporeans have continued to remember and respect them for their contributions. No need for propaganda.
The disrespect shown to LKY is partly in response to PAP’s propaganda – without LKY, Singapore would have gone to the dogs. LKY has his place in Singapore’s history but he is never ‘right up there’ as PAP would like the world to believe. Many Singaporeans would like to believe in PAP’s narrative of our history but it has to be conditional upon the release of all archived documents and total transparency from every government institution, especially HDB, GIC and Temasek Holdings.
It is timely for the PAP to reflect on LKY’s errors instead of continued denial and using legal means to fix political opponents. PAP should apologise, compensate if necessary and only then will it regain the moral authority to govern.
When opposition politician J B Jeyaretnam passed away in 2008, PM Lee wrote a ‘condolence’ letter to his sons which contain the following sentences:
– “he and the PAP never saw eye to eye on any major political issue and he sought by all means to demolish the PAP and our system of government”
– “this helped neither to build up a constructive opposition nor our Parliamentary tradition”
Wasn’t PM Lee as disrespectful as Amos Yee? In any truly democratic country, such a leader would have been lambasted and disgraced.
After attacking a dead man, PM Lee painted a magnanimous PAP by describing how Goh Chok Tong, ex PM, had helped to ensure Singaporean employers did not discriminate against Kenneth because he was the son of JBJ. (see PM Lee’s letter below post)
Some of the comments on PM Lee’s ‘condolence’ letter on mrbrown.com:
“Instead of condolence, the letter wants to put in another (final) attack on him”
“Disgusting, graceless, undignified, bitter, petulant and unnecessary”
“Let me help summarise the letter in Mr Brown style…
your dad no good.
Goh and me, we’re your friends.
PM Lee had also stated “our differences were not personal”. After watching an archived video of PM Lee kena grilled by JBJ during a TV debate on the elected president in 1988, it appears more likely PM Lee was extremely personal. I suspect he has not gotten over the deeply embarrassing grilling session which left him speechless, requiring Goh Chok Tong to come to his rescue on a number of occasions.
Singaporeans should watch this video to better understand why PAP prefers to have wayang debates in a farce world parliament. Just look at some of the ministers who talk Khawk in parliament – they would not have been able to hold a candle to JBJ.
Although Amos is only a teenager, his political maturity and fearlessness really put most adults to shame. He has spoken what most of us only dare to think or whisper in a quiet corner. With age, Amos should become emotionally mature. An Amos Yee without profanities and sensitive to racial/religious issues deserves the support of right minded Singaporeans.
As has been confirmed by PM Lee’s ‘condolence’ letter, his disrespect was totally uncalled for. Those who have lectured Amos on respect, if they are not sycophants, should direct their exact comments at PM Lee as well.
Is this a condolence letter written by a head of state or a vindictive person?