I want to express my disgust with a YouTube video of a 17-year-old actor, Amos Yee, who made a vulgar video of himself insulting the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I believe the police needs to take action against him as Amos obviously does not have any sense of respect for a person who has passed on and is trying to cause religious conflict in Singapore.
Even veteran politicians who had a stormy relationship with Mr Lee, like Dr Mahathir and Mr Low Thia Khiang, have put aside their differences and gave respectful tributes to Mr Lee. Instead what Amos said in his video has crossed the line.
In his vulgar video, Amos said that Lee Kuan Yew was a dictator whose government had been pocketing money for themselves and curtailing democratic freedoms by controlling the judiciary. Amos insulted both Lee Kuan Yew and Jesus Christ because in his mind, both men were "power hungry" and "deceived" the people into thinking that they were kind and altruistic. He also said that Lee Kuan Yew should have just committed suicide after he became old and ill.
Although Amos is still young, his words are laced with malicious poison. His accusations that the government is lining their pockets with money is very serious. In one fell swoop, he is accusing the Singapore Courts of being partisan for helping to bankrupt LKY's political opponents and for supposedly abetting LKY's government to steal money from the Singapore people! Such accusations are not to be taken lightly and should be backed with evidence, which from his flippant attitude and lack of intellect, he obviously does not have.
His comments about LKY and Jesus Christ are also sickening and very dangerous. What gives him the right to insult another person's religion? Amos' actions go against everything that Singaporeans have done to maintain this multireligious and multiracial society. If we simply brush off his insults against Christianity as youthful ignorance, does this mean that other young people can also simply insult and curse at other religions in the future?
The consequences of allowing Amos's disgusting speech to go unpunished is a more dangerous and unstable society for all of us. By ignoring Amos, we are saying that people who insult our leaders, religious beliefs and even the dead should be allowed to do so without any punishment. What's ridiculous is that there are even people online encouraging him and thanking him for making such disgusting comments. We need to set an example that anyone who tries to destabilise and create conflict in our society will be punished, period.
To read more on Amos Yee, please see these links:
Amos Yee's video
IRRATIONALLY ANGRY NETIZENS LASH OUT AT AMOS YEE & QUESTION HIS UPBRINGING
GRASSROOTS LEADER THREATEN TO CASTRATE AMOS YEE FOR HIS HATEFUL COMMENTS AGAINST JESUS & LKY
Editor's note: All views expressed by this reader are purely his own.