Following the social media online, it seems that the general consensus is that the government has gone too far to punish Amos Yee.
Personally, I don't think that he's mentally ill enough to be remanded into IMH. Look, he's a smart kid who behaved in a stupid idiotic manner. Stupidity is not a mental illness. There are a lot of stupid people in Singapore, just look at all the type nonsense that are posted on online forums for evidence.
Somehow from somewhere, there's this UN Human Rights Office that has suddenly come out to call for the release of Amos Yee. Just because you say that we should release Amos Yee and we should listen to you? What if you change your tune and say we should give Amos a BMW? When it comes to the law, there's very little leeway for flexibility.
Should the government just drop that case? Would they drop the case? I don't think so. They have to follow through to the end. If not then they are no different from the AWOLED doctor Wang Yinchu they gave 18 months detention to. I mean, you wouldn't like a government that do things halfway right?
Amos Yee tried to refute the charges against him.
Let's see the charges as he wrote on his blog.
1st charge – Charged for deliberately intending to wound the religious feelings of Christians in general and the feelings of Fong Huiling Pamela, female 26 years old and Lim Zijin, male 27 years old in particular (Section 298 – wounding religious feelings of a person either verbally or through an action) Punishment of up to 3 years, fine or both.
2nd Charge – Charged for insulting Lee Kuan Yew and intending for it to viewed by people who would be distressed by it(Section 4(1)(b) punishable under section 4(2)) Punishment of up to a $5000 fine.
3rd Charge – Charged for uploading an obscene image (Section 292 1(a) – distributes any obscene materials) Punishment of up to 3 months, fine or both
The first charge is serious. YOU DO NOT INSULT/PLAY/USE RELIGION FOR ANY POLITIC CAUSE OR WORSE, ENTERTAINMENT, IN SINGAPORE. If you haven't understand Singapore's history enough, it's the the government will do any and everything to keep things stable. This first charge makes the seriousness of the next two charges seem so pale by comparison.
The second charge I think is a bit far-fetched. Is insulting people a crime? How do you quantify those people who are hurt by the insult? How do you measure their distress? And are they made less off that they cannot recover because of the distress? This is a stupid charge. Oops. Did I insult anyone by saying stupid?
3rd charge of uploading obscene image. Amos Yee may not have known that there's this law in Singapore. Sure. I don't doubt that. Tourists who litter in Singapore also may not know that littering is a crime in Singapore. Look, the picture of Lee Kuan Yew buttfucking Margaret Thatcher is clearly obscene. Any reasonable person can tell that. There's no need to write a few paragraphs to refute something that's so clear.
This Amos Yee saga is a sad case. It's sad that it has been allowed to drag on for so long.
But Amos Yee brought it upon himself. He was given the chance to back up. But he even sabotaged his own bailor Vincent Law by claiming that he was molested, only to reveal much later that it was a lie. He has the heavens to thank that Vincent Law did not sue him.
What I find sad about the whole thing is Amos Yee didn't show any remorse. He isn't apologetic at all. Even when he's now a pale shadow of his former arrogant self, he has not apologise to anyone. I know apologies can be cheap, but for Amos Yee to not apologise, it just shows that he has learned nothing from in.
I would think that Amos Yee would gain humility from all these, but now I think otherwise. I have no idea what that little kid wants. And I'm pretty sure he doesn't know what he wants also.