The Fear of Freedom

Recently a new video to highlight the injustice the City State has incurred onto the 16 yr old dissident Amos Yee.

That should have been it but being a curious person that I am, I decided to look through the comment section and what I have found are a myriad of comments of citizens expressing their fear of freedom and coming to the defense of the City State in it’s inhumane treatment of a child.

Comments such as these

My replies are as follows.

1) He criticized a religion, it’s wrong to insult a person’s faith
Why? you can make a claim why something is positive or negative but not explaining the claim, makes your claim worthless.

Religions are not immune from insults, scrutiny, criticism, mockery or satire because, stick with me here I know this is a radical idea for you, not everyone believes in religion. And when religious people make a claim about scientific or academic theory being wrong because it doesn’t match up with religious doctrines, then I suppose your position would have to be, “Well religion is right, because we cant insult them, we cant scrutinize their claim or mock them” Well then the earth is in the center of the universe.

Well thank “god” that’s not the case and thank “god” Galileo still kept his scientific papers for the rest of the world to see and thank “god” the church does not have a say in academia because now we know the earth is not the center of the universe

2) Freedom of speech is reserved for important things
If “freedom” is reserved then it’s not free is it?
Like saying, Free seating but only if you reserved or Open to Public but tickets required.
Also important things like what for whom, based on what and whose standards?

3) Conditions of your country are deplorable.
Well I’m from Singapore and I agree, they are deplorable especially with people like you espousing your willingness to give up your freedom to think for yourself but on a serious note, whose country are you talking about?
Oh nevermind, it just hit me, you’re one of those people who thinks Singapore is world class compared to other countries because those countries have a littering problem I assure you, as someone whose been around, Other countries are much cleaner than our less touristy spots.

4) You protested in your countries, did huge changes come about? Not really does it?
I can name you one protest that had recently brought about new legislation, Ireland – Legalizing same sex marriage. So protests don’t dont work huh? If you wish to suffer in silence,  do so at your own whim but don’t tell me I have to join you.

5) These laws are necessary
Which laws? The ones that tell you how to think?
Maybe for you.

6) Singapore you know that religious and racial harmony is important, peace is maintained.
 I’ve long been under the impression that the peace in this country is maintained through ignorance and fear, and your entire post is a good summary of my suspicion.

7) Country with various Religions and Races
Why do Singaporeans keep thinking we’re the only country that is a metropolis of race and religion?


Harmful, Insulting subjective weasel words.
If someone insulted my mother or father, I would take offense.
Then I would calm down and realize that taking offense is a waste of time and stop being offended nothing happens when people are offended.

Yes there are limits to everything, limits that you set for yourself.
So stop trying to impose your limits onto other people.

religious freedom

Tell that to the Jehovah’s Witnesses who are persecuted here and have their literature and books outlawed.


You heard the man, Singapore, meddling with other countries.
Don’t even bother reporting or commenting on outside world.
Isolationism Now!
I’m just being sarcastic, please don’t take me out of context.


Actually it does, what you’re trying to get at is the “Right to not get offended”.
The thing is, that’s impossible because offense is taken, not given.
So if you find yourself offended, then its your own prerogative to stop taking offense.
Secondly, no one has to respect anything or anyone they don’t want to, this includes your “founding father” and religion.

freedom of expression

There’s no absolute right?
So you think human rights for us to bargain for?
How very Singaporean
“Uncle this one freedom of speech how much, ah? wah so expensive leh, I take half can discount or not?” 

Human rights is not something that is to be “moderated” or compromised.
When you do that, you are denying individual autonomy, this means the standards that you’ve moderated your rights may be fitting to you but they certainly do not fit other people.

I’m glad you’re happy but just for a moment, try not to be solipsistic?


A victim of propaganda, believing what the media says about Amos defaming his bailor.
If you don’t follow this saga, I wouldn’t blame you either for believing the misinformation but allow me to offer you the source, Amos’ own wordpress blog.

A short summary, Amos is called out his bailor for his actions towards him, emotionally black mailing him (Amos) if he didn’t comply with Vincent’s demands, by threatening to recuse himself as Amos’ bailor, evidence of the harassment here.

The rest of her message, yes indeed freedom of speech is the cause of hate crimes, sorry my sarcasm gets the best of me at times.

Again another Singaporean who does not understand the difference between Hate Speech and Free Speech.

Hate Speech is a speech that is a call to violence or a physical threat on a person or people or group of peoples.

Speech like this, by Jason Tan.

An actual physical threat to maim the child, by the way, he got off with a stern warning.

Singapore is not the West
Sounds like an argument for “Asian values vs Western Democracy” fallacy.

And what I understand of Asian values is that it means we’re tolerant of child abuse.
Neo Gim Huah the man who slapped Amos sentenced to 21 days in jail.
Jason Tan (above) a stern warning
Amos Yee, for speaking his mind, 40 days in remand and still counting.
If this is Asian values, I want no part of it.

If a nation’s people is so insecure about their race and religion that a single off colour remark about either is the spark to unleash racial and religious turmoil, then that’s not peace or stability, it’s a house of cards waiting to crumble under the weight of it’s own ignorance and how can we learn about race relations when there’s laws actively prohibiting such discussions for fear of offending or wounding feelings?
That we think stereotyping and racial profiling is acceptable, like the comment below.

Penal Code section 298 and 292
Laws based on feelings have no basis in legislation.

Feelings are subjective and laws are supposed to be objective.

racial profiling

A spectacular example of what I mean when I say our “racial and religious harmony” is nothing more than a facade, I was racially profiled by my name.
This was my reply:


Can we please stop with the racial profiling, it’s annoying.
Just a piece of advice, if you meet someone who has a “muslim sounding” name, don’t just assume they’re muslim, if it really matters to you what faith they’re of, like when it comes to knowing what food you need to cater for them or you’re just plain curious, ask them.

Because I get offended when you serve real bacon to your non muslim guests and give me not bacon because you think I’m muslim, depriving someone of bacon is torture!

But seriously, I don’t go around assuming everyone who is Indian is Hindu, do you? 

We, as a country, have bred a culture within 50 years of autocracy of people who are actually petrified of basic human freedoms.
We think that freedom of speech needs to be moderated.
We don’t know the difference between hate speech and free speech
We think that religions need to be held above human rights
And the biggest joke of all
We think the government is secular.

I call it, Singapore Syndrome, it’s Stockholm Syndrome on a national scale.

A message to my Singaporean readers, stop being afraid of freedom and your human and civil rights, it is not the place for governments to restrict them but their duty to protect and uphold your rights and freedoms from those who wish to revoke them from you.


“Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness” – Alejandro Jodorowsky


Amos Yee: Not just a Rebellious Teen


Reading an article on interviewing his bailor Mr. Vincent Law has really given me an insight on who Amos Yee is as a person.

When Amos was taken back into remand, I had assumed 2 things.
Either Vincent Law does not have the $30,000 to front or Vincent Law offered to the front the $30,000 and Amos Yee declined his proposal.
Needless to say, I was glad it was the later.

A lot of people are under the impression that Amos Yee just a young angry teen full of angst, rebellion and lacking in empathy.
If he truly was lacking in empathy, He would have taken the offer by Mr. Law and squandered it by breaking the terms of the bail a second time, yet he chose not to.

He understands the injustice of Act 377A in Singapore that criminalizes male homosexuality and empathizes with their fight to get this law repealed, it serves no purpose in a civilized society and no amount of slippery slope fallacies used by the ruling governing body can ever justify this blatant discrimination.

His less than subtle, humourous and sarcastic commentary on the Little India Riot showing maturity and understanding of situations while being balanced and constructive, is a sign of a green and thriving mind that is well beyond its years.

The only fault of his youth is that it’s not given him the tactical understanding of how work around the system but again, even if he did work around the system, I wouldn’t doubt the system would find a way to incriminate him as it has shown itself to with other critics.

In the shared conversation with Mr Law, where he confronted Amos about his religious beliefs, Amos yet again shows a wisdom that is well beyond his age, Yes we can take issues with religious doctrines, we can criticize them and we can disagree with them but that doesn’t mean we have an issue with the religious just because we’re atheists.

Amos Yee has truly shown true strength in his character.
His unrelenting desire to not conform or compromise.
His maturity in responding to “Cookie Tan” the man who openly made his desire to maim the genitals of a teenage boy then stuffing said member into the child’s mouth.
Choosing to remain in remand over risking someone else’s money.
His ability to articulate his thoughts into material.
These aren’t just actions of a rebellious teen, these are actions of someone who sees injustice and will not stand for it.
Admirable traits in someone so young.

Since day one of this saga, it has been refreshing to see how one Singaporean teenager has been so brazen and defiant in standing up for his freedom of speech, I only wish more of us have the tenacity of Amos Yee.

And I hope at the end of this saga Amos comes out unbowed unbent and unbroken.


If someone tells me that I’ve hurt their feelings I’m still waiting to hear what your point is” – Christopher Hitchens.

Additional Links
Read more about Amos Yee on his Blog

The Humble Banana

For certain Christians, it is a nightmare for Atheists like myself.
Except that it’s not, as the evolution of the banana from barely nutritious seed filled berry to what we know as a banana today is easily explained through artificial selection.

For ignorant people
It is a derogatory term used to describe an oriental person who tries to act white.
Yellow on the outside, white on the inside.

But for an amazing group of people.
The banana is a symbol of support and solidarity for a prisoner of conscience.

Every time you see a banana, whether it’s bright yellow or green, remember your human rights and your civil liberties, those that have been revoked and restricted from you.

Just as Hong Kong has it’s Yellow Umbrella.
We too have our yellow Banana.


We’re often stuck with the names our enemies give to us,” – The High Sparrow from Game of Thrones (The Books)

Awesome blogs I subscribed to and you should check out:
Amos Yee’s Blog
Jess C Scott’s Blog
The Heart Truths
Like Dat Oso Can Meh
Singapore Anti Death Penalty Campaign

The Double Standards between Jason Neo and Amos Yee

Four years ago, a Young PAP member, no longer YPAP now, named Jason Neo took a picture of a school bus filled with muslim kindergartners with the caption “Bus filled with young terrorist trainees

The only picture of this I could find has the caption censored and this also why I’m anti censorship because it disrupts the flow of information.

I’ve been following the Amos Yee case as much as I can and many Singaporeans, including myself, are outraged at how the government went about handling this issue, arresting a teenager and trying him as an adult for “intentions to wound the feelings of the religious” amongst two other charges.

In most discussions involving Amos Yee, the name Jason Neo is mentioned and the incident that happened with him, people are urging the authorities to apprehend him and bring him to court, while the authorities keep saying “we’re still investigating the case”.

Yes, I agree it’s hypocritical that a young teenage boy, practically a nobody, gets arrested within 3 days of posting his materials and a prominent young PAP member gets to skirt around the justice system after 4 years, with authorities saying they’re still investigating the Jason Neo matter. No question it is despicable, deplorable and disgusting how hypocritical the system is.

Here’s the thing, Jason Neo and Amos Yee did nothing wrong in their criticism of religion and the religious.
They have every right to do so, secured by freedom of speech and freedom from religion.
Albeit what Jason Neo did was out of ignorance and stupidity, stereotyping an entire religious group and comparing them to a terrorist group but last I checked, being stupid isn’t a criminal offense. Amos Yee made a comparison between a religious figure and a religious organization towards LKY and pointed out some uncomfortable truths.

Muslims should indeed condemn the words of Jason Neo but at the same time practice restraint and not call onto violence towards the man for being incredibly stupid and they have to which I commend, especially at the time where the subject of Islam is volatile, internationally.

The actions of people who oppose Amos Yee’s opinion however, have not shown such grace, citing calls of violence and making physical threats against a teenager, physically assaulting him and the local media’s attempt to smear Amos’ character by calling him mentally unsound.

There are double standards between Jason and Amos’ incidents on all sides.
There are those who pretend Jason was just joking whereas Amos was trying to start trouble.
There are those who think that Amos should be freed while Jason should be brought to task.

I stand on the side of Free Speech, while I support Amos’ right to speech, silencing Jason’s would make me a hypocrite. I do not have to support or like what Jason said to allow him to speak, it is his inalienable freedom as a human being and my moral obligation to call him an ignoramus for saying such a moronic statement, even if he thinks it’s a joke, it’s not a funny one.

These are 2 similar incidents, despite the different circumstances, about Freedom of Speech and Freedom from Religion.
The authorities need to come clean about their complacency towards Jason Neo’s case and drop all charges against Amos Yee.

Freedom of Speech is for everyone, not just those you agree with.


To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire

Additional Links:
Police queried on 4-yr old case involving ex-YPAP member
Amos Yee’s post about the Media


Reply to Belmont Lay of

This is the sort of articles allows to be published?
This simple thoughtless guttural trash?

The New Yorker — a publication with a tendency to be pretentiously serious and seriously pretentious

Just so you know, Sir, your opening statement could be construed as libel.
They could possibly take you on for defamation lawsuit if they wished.
Is this the kind of restriction you wish for, where you’re not allowed to criticize anyone?
Let me rephrase, is this the kind of restriction you wish, where you are only allowed to criticize people who have a different opinion to yours but anyone who shares your opinion or people you admire, are immune to criticism?
World Press index puts Singapore at 153 as I hope you know.

But seriously, many people know when you let stupid people talk, they do all the work of discrediting themselves for you, just like how you’re discrediting yourself and tarnishing the credibility of the website you’re associated with.

Yes, you read it right. Heller is saying that Singapore will be better off being run by people like Amos Yee, who cannot even comb his hair properly.

What does combing one’s hair have to do with running a country?
I had a principal in secondary school who couldn’t comb his hair either and made us sit on the floor of the courtyard to read books despite the fact that we wore white pants, he later had the audacity to say to us the residents around our school was complaining about our dirty pants.

Yes, the principal in this case was a moron, it’s not based on his appearance, it’s based on his actions.

Just like Albert Einstein couldn’t be bothered to do his hair, would you call him a moron just because he doesn’t comb his hair either?

You a grown man have still not realized that someone’s outwardly appearance do not reflect on their inwardly thoughts have a lot of growing up to do.

The questions then are: Since he is at it, why not suggest arming Amos Yee with a nuclear warhead too? And making him President of ‘Murcia?

I’m just speechless at the asininity of this statement.
I got a better idea, why not give Amos Yee god like powers and make him God.
Oh, did I just break blasphemy law?
Nah… I didn’t mention it was your god, for all you know I could have been talking about the Flying Spaghetti Monster that pastafarians satirically worship, you know because of his hair.
And before you tell me Flying Spaghetti Monster is not real, prove it.

What’s stopping Heller from calling Amos “the saviour of Singapore society in a post-Lee Kuan Yew era”? His sense of balance?

His sense of balance, his intelligence, his faith that people in Singapore are smart enough to think for themselves, more than I can say about you, Sir, judging from the lack of content in your “Article”.

Lee Kuan Yew’s daughter last week wrote about how there is a need to be wary of White Men with instructive bent who want to tell Singaporeans how to live.

On hindsight, useful advice, that.

You criticize the drivel that is her letter, which is just mindless I should be immune to criticism and the racist undertones, I just hope your last line was written with sarcasm intended.

You see social justice warriors, THIS is what happens when you spread around that “Healthy Cultural Paranoia” tripe, non white ignoramuses start thinking racism towards white people is okay.


A stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.” – Bertrand Russell

The Original Article by Nathan Heller
The Attack Piece by Belmont Lay

The Singaporean is free from thought

The recent events that transpired to the arrest of a teenager, Amos Yee, exercising his freedom of speech in his video where he expressed disdain towards the late LKY has really disheartened my faith in Singaporeans.

No, I’m not upset about his video wherein he criticized the late LKY. No person, ideology or Religion is immune from criticism. It was the vitriol of the messages left by Singaporeans on his youtube comments and in his twitter feeds, one Member of Parliament even threatened to maim his penis and put it in his mouth, hardly fitting for a grown man of such position in society, don’t you think?

Ironic isn’t it? Where they leave the death threats, the threats to violence and homophobic remarks, he is the one arrested for simply criticizing 2 dead men.

Alas I cannot hold it against these Singaporeans who cited calls to violence. The freedom of speech and expression is an alien concept to them. They do not understand that speaking an idea does not entitle you to call onto violence onto another human being.

Singaporeans are trained from a young age to go with the flow, questions and curiosity are not entertained.
Creativity is stifled, emphasis is placed on materialism and survivalism rather than living and pursuit of happiness.

What I mean is, take America for example, on the topic of evolution, a scientific fact, 1 in 3 Americans have the opinion to deny it, a Singaporean, wouldn’t even have an opinion, in Singapore, the government would make up the opinion for you, like the public opinion of capital punishment.

Singaporeans have a lot of growing up to do now that their founding father has passed away, my condolences to all of you mourning the loss but I hope you will mature and start thinking independently for yourself.


“Figuring things out for yourself is the only freedom anyone really has. Use that freedom. Make up your own mind” – Lt Jean Razak

Release Amos Yee

Grass Roots Leader Threatens to Maim Amos
American’s polled on Evolution
Singaporeans on mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking Law students on the death penalty To be fair, there are quite a few who oppose the death penalty.
However according to wiki, 95% support the death penalty and think it should stay.