Mr. David Kaye,
For your information, Singapore does not lack in freedom of expression. Our government holds open debate on mass media and social media. There is no restriction on public assembly for social gatherings. Public assembly for political purposes can be held at Hong Lim Park.
Nowadays, any government official who opens his/her mouth becomes the instant target of venomous replies and rebuttals. Through the Internet, people can go online to criticize, condemn, curse and swear at the government day and night. Its a free-for-all, done anonymously, without any age limit. Even kids do it. One has gone a step too far. And that’s Amos Yee.
The kid does not only challenge the tolerance of the authority. He hurt the feelings of ordinary folks like me as well. He insulted those who bid their last farewells to their beloved LKY as “necrophiliacs who suck his d*ck”. He again insulted those who supported LKY as “sycophants who for decades past have been ferociously s*cking his oblong dick”. If you consider that as freedom of expression, then you should have no objection to me saying that you are a pedophile looking for a chance to ferociously s*ck his fresh young d*ck?
Children and youngsters in Singapore are well protected. They don’t get gunned down in schools or on the streets. They don’t become drug-addicts. As far as the protection of children goes, the UN should first learn to keep its own house in order. UN Peace-keeping forces have been found to rape those very women and children they are supposed to protect.
Lastly, one question: Why is it that in a global organization like the UN, only Westerners are in positions to dictate values to Asians?