Hello everyone, I will be busy with my defamation suit for the next 3 days.
I will be at the hearing with the Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, to decide how much I have to pay him.
(The prime minister has filed for the defamation suit in the High Court which oversees cases of more than S$250,000.)
The hearing will be held from 1 to 3 July, from Wednesday to Friday, from 10am everyday at Court 4D. It will be an open trial.
I won’t be able to post as many updates on Amos Yee due to this.
Do keep up with the advocacy.
There will be an event of solidarity for Amos tomorrow in Penang in Malaysia.
Earlier today, the people in Hong Kong held a protest outside the Consulate-General of the Republic of Singapore, and last Friday, the Taiwanese also did it outside the Singapore Trade office in Taipei.
They have submitted their protest to the official government overseas missions.
We must continue to speak up against the wrongful persecution of Amos Yee.
He has to be released.
And we must continue to speak up so that the citizens of Singapore can be protected.
Today, Singaporeans earn one of the lowest wages among the highest-income countries while the ministers earn the highest salaries in the world.
Yet, the Singapore government also spends the least on healthcare, education and social protection on Singaporeans among the developed countries, as a percentage of GDP.
The government also takes the CPF pension funds of Singaporeans to earn in the two government investment firms, GIC and Temasek Holdings.
But where the GIC and Temasek Holdings have become among the 11 richest sovereign wealth funds in the world on the back of Singaporeans’ pension funds, Singaporeans’ own pension funds have instead become one of the least adequate in the world.
So much so that Singaporeans have to pay the most in the world, for out-of-pocket expenditure for healthcare and for university tuition fees and it is estimated that 30% of Singaporeans are living in poverty today.
It is wrong that our elderly Singaporeans are unable to retire today, because they have not been paid enough in wages, and are not given back the returns on their pension funds.
It is wrong that low- and lower middle-income Singaporeans are unable to make ends meet today, because the government refuses to implement a minimum wage to increase their wages and allow them to have enough to use.
It is wrong that our children are unfairly persecuted just for criticising a man whom the government is trying to protect.
It is wrong when our children and ordinary citizens are being persecuted when those close to the ruling party are allowed to go scot-free.
We cannot allow such abuse of power to continue, to threaten the very lives of the citizens.
We cannot allow such unfairness and inequality to persist in our society.
We have to fight back and take a stand.