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Amos Yee Affair
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PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2015 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee – Rebel with a Cause

Amos Yee accused Vincent Law, his kind bailer, of molest. Ooooooh, how could this ingrate do such a thing? Condemn, condemn. He is insane, hopeless. He deserves no pity or kindness from anyone.

Hold your horses man, stop being so judgemental with every bit of news or rumours or hearsays. You are supposed to be a mature and thinking adult, isn’t it? Does anyone think that it is better to hear the full story before jumping to conclusion? Vincent Law ‘molests’ Amos Yee, so claimed the kid. Now I have put the word ‘molest’ in inverted commas. This is like someone saying ‘I screwed him’ or ‘I fired him’ when the meaning of screw and fire did not take on the literal meaning of the words.

Amos promised to reply on his accusation of ‘molest’ by Vincent Law. This is the first few paras of his pretty long and intellectual discourse. If one is not mentally up to it, please give it a miss. It is not meant for people with IQs of two digits. : )

The Molestation Of Vincent Law
I should issue a sincere apology to Vincent Law? Hahahahaha.
It once again is alarmingly indicative of the inherent stupidity of our species to immediately formulate a stance, with a complete lack of evidence, and say it with such conviction. That is of course the mindset inherent in that of religion. I’m still really skeptical of my Christian fans by the way, you’re supposed to damn me (Mark 3:29) yet you hold me a vigil.
Now the preconceived notion portrayed on the media towards Vincent is simply that he put himself in the line of fire, he assisted me by putting up $20000, and allowed a rebellious 17-year-old boy to be able to come out of prison, and attain his freedom. He is a generous, kind-hearted Christian, caring and with lots of love.
So now, when I made allegations that he molested me, people would then start blaming me. This person helped you Amos, he risked his reputation and his own money for you, and yet you accuse him of molestation….
Now you got the gist of it. So, before any ‘mature’ and ‘thinking’ adult starts to think and act silly, please read Amos piece in full at https://amosyee.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/the-molestation-of-vincent-law/
before jumping to conclusions and look silly again. You be the judge after reading what Amos has written.
Amos is a refreshing voice in a time when hypocrisy rules the day. This 16 going 17 kid is a genius in his own right, love him or hate him, up to you. He is no ordinary kid and would put many adults who are so full of themselves looking like children in his presence. Amos is shredding everything that appears right, looks right, to pieces and making many people not only red in their faces but dunno where to hide their faces.
Amen. May the force be with Amos.
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PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2015 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Rape of Amos Yee

The episode of Amos Yee is like a public trial by a hypocritical and unthinking mass of adults, the Rape of a Boy, in full daylight. Ok, before anyone jumps to conclusion again, I used the word ‘rape’ in a figurative sense, not the physical raping of the boy. In a sense it is used in the same way that Amos used the word ‘molest’ but more in the context of harassment, bullying, bashing and threats to his psychological and emotional state. You don’t have to touch another person all over to molest or to rape him/her. Likewise you don’t have to do horrible things like animals did.

Amos Yee was persecuted by a large group of adults for his rant in the internet and some cartoons. Such horrible acts cannot be tolerated in a clean, sanitised and healthy society where crime is non existence, where chewing gums is a crime, where every man and woman put on a robe and have a halo over their heads. Of course I am exaggerating. Such scenes can only be found in paradise. Oops, I pun right?

If Amos were to say those things in less hygienic places like in Europe or the US, I think it will be perfectly alright for him to do so, just like any other teenager in those imperfect places. In Sin City where Sin is frown upon, where Sin is unacceptable, a little indiscretion is really horrible to accept by the monks and priests.

Did anyone say the foul mouth straight shooting guy is more angelic and real than those who sing hymns and play the harps and drink holy water under the sun? In the seemingly innocent and simple world of angels and immortals, things are also very simple to judge. They are either white or black. And the thinking adults will sing the chorus, Amos Yee is bad, Amos Yee is bad. Hang him, burn him. And they will throw stones at him. Bad boy! Bad boy! They have put aside their thinking caps for safe keeping in the bank vault.

And after they have put Amos Yee away safely in the dungeon, care for by the hunchback of Notre Dame, they will go back to sing their hymns and drink wines and play harps. Everything is just right again. No more bad boys, only good unthinking adults. Oops. No more horrible things anymore, no bad Amos, only beautiful things.

Who rape Amos Yee? Not me, not me….We did it for his own good.

At 16 and with only his mother on his side, this boy has proven to be a very tough kid. In the face of a hostile mob, he stood his ground and fought the unthinking crowd of mindless adults. Many children would have withered and withdrawn into their little holes in fear. Not this boy, He is really tough emotionally. He is NOT insane while others would have gone flying over the cuckoo nest. And he has the common sense not to see a shrink. You better know what this means to a boy like Amos. M Ravi did not know and dug his own grave.

The mindless adults could only see bad in Amos and nothing good in him. Did anyone see a very exceptional and bright kid that has a lot of potential to blossom as he grows up? Or should the laughing hyenas keep raping this kid as the right thing to do?
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee – a most serious crime in Sin City
How does one rate a crime as serious or not serious? The police have some definitions like seizable or not seizable offence that would give one an idea of how serious the crime is. Another way is to look at the resources and time allocated to the case.
Look at this Amos Yee’s case and look at the number of law enforcement officers involved, the number of prosecutors and judges and their time, and the time of the courts, my god, this is no small crime when money and talented resources are involved. For such a serious crime committed by a ranting 16 year old boy it is definitely unpardonable. The boy must be punished. Punish is the word. If he is not stopped now, imagine how bad he could be when he grows up? More time must be devoted to educate and rehabilitate this bad boy.
Putting him in jail for 2 weeks would not help him. He is hardcore stuff, dabbling in hard core porn, incorrigible and could mislead the young into porn stuff. He is more dangerous than Alvin the scholar. The next best thing is to put him under the guidance of angels. Yes, angels will do him good a lot of god. But since there are no real angels around, 12 months or 18 months of reformative training look about right. He will come out a good boy, just like NSman spending 24 mths and changing from boy to man. Jack Neo must be beaming of his new movie.
Now isn’t this a damn good idea? Keep him under watch for 18 months! Actually 18 months is too short for such a serious and unforgiveable crime. Wait, not to worry, after 18 months it would be just nice for NS for this bad boy. That would mean Amos would have been under some form of regimentation for more than 3 years. It is sure to work. And Amos and his parents would be so grateful for the special treatment and care given to him. No one deserves such attention, but under such a caring govt, it can be expected. It is for the good of the boy. Amos is in good hands.
Wonder what would happen to him if someone is to brand him as devil reincarnate? He is so lucky that the people here are so sensible and thinking individuals and would not go to that extent. Did anyone say daft?
Now which is more detrimental to Amos Yee’s well being, 2 weeks jail or 18 months of reformative training? Shit, let me rephrase this. Which is more beneficial to Amos Yee’s well being, 2 weeks jail or 18 months of reformative training?
What do you think?
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PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When weakness is strength

Goliath took on David and lost. The PAP has recently taken on two Davids and won. Roy and Amos were two little midgets clashing with a behemoth and no one would expect them to do a Goliath killing act. First battle and both lost badly, no fighting chance, no contest. Many would think that would be the end of the two young men, They have absolutely no capital or resources to mount a serious challenge even if given a second chance. This assumption is only partially right. Their lack of capital is in fact their strength. When they have nothing else to look forward to, nothing to lose, and with a nerve tough as steel, they would not accept defeat and crawl away. They stood up to fight, with everything they got. Nothing is going to stop them now.

Roy has declared war and going for broke. Amos had refused any probation and refused to be sent to reformative training. He demanded to be sent to jail. This is something the authority never expected. He is fearless. When a jail sentence is nothing to fear, what else can frighten him, what will he be afraid of, who will he be afraid of? Roy and Amos are like two droids programmed just to fight, with their minds focused to take their enemies down, and to go down with their enemies.

The suicide bombers are fearless and cannot be stopped when they chose to die with their enemies. Roy and Amos are in some ways like the fearless suicide bombers. You may call them fanatical, so what? They know what they are up to, they know the stakes involved. The ordinary guys would have many things to hold him back, many things to think about and would end up as kiasu, kiasi and kia cheng hu. Anyone thinks Roy and Amos would fit into this mould to be cowed and go down on their knees?

Roy is talking more and louder. He is doing a lot of research and has just posted another long article in his blog and reposted in the TRE titled ‘How the PAP turned against the Singaporeans from the mid 80s’. This is a fairly long piece but interesting to read. And so is Amos, and his postings. He refused to be gagged. He will keep talking and talking as freely as he wants, to say his peace. It is unbelievable for a boy of his tender age to take on the establishment and the masses of unthinking adults baying for his blood, and making everyone looking so evil.

The PAP must have regretted picking on these two young men thinking it would be a piece of cake, They are sinking into a quagmire. The most they can do is to keep suing them and keep mounting on the pressure, hoping that they would break or run away. They didn’t and are standing their ground to fight on with everything they got. Using the law and legal institutions against two young men whose crimes are questionable in the eyes of the public would backfire.

The two are turning their weaknesses into strength in a never ending battle against all odds. They will go down, but not pulling the behemoth down with them.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee – How to cleanse this ‘devil’?
Putting him in jail wlll not save him. He is too evil, incorrigible and needs tougher measures if he is to be saved. A minimum of 18 months of reformative training under some angels is the least that is needed to save this bad boy. Heard they are considering 30 months of reformative training to be effective. The good hearted people are overstressing themselves to find a solution to save this boy from the devil. No stone will be left unturned to save him. You cannot blame them from trying.
I would like to make a suggestion. How about exorcising him? Get a priest to work on him, pull out the oldest scriptures on exorcism, get the most powerful priest to drive the devil out of him. The bathing of flower water would definitely not work on this bad boy. He is not a pagan or idol worshipper. Otherwise it would be quite easy. After bathing with flower water, let him drink a glass of water soaked with the ashes of burnt yellow charm paper. That would work.
Please do not suggest burning him on a stake. That would be too harsh. Like his lawyer Alfred Dodwell said, reformative training would be ‘disproportionate to the offence in question.’ So how, imprisonment would not work, long reformative training inappropriate and burning him on a stake surely cannot. What about water treating or water dunking? Anyone want to suggest bomoh?
It is very tough and unappreciated trying to save such a bad boy with a devil in him. Anyone got better ideas to save Amos the bad boy? Amos Yee is so lucky to be receiving so much attention from good hearted people. Be grateful and be thankful, and the best part, all free, no need to pay.
Amos Yee, why are you so difficult? You are making so many people worrying for you, trying to save you from the dark side. All because of you, so many people have to work extra hard when they could be spending time on other more important matters.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quotable Quote: Amos Yee 2 Jun 15

“And yes, to the chagrin of numerous people, I have not ‘learnt my lesson’, nor do I see any ‘lesson’ that needs to be learnt. If you are going to try to tower over me and say that you know something important that that I don’t, make sure you have a compelling argument for that. And if your lessons are borne from a corrupt, archaic Government lead by primitive monkeys,…then sorry if I doubt the credibility of your ‘lessons’.

Hopefully history eventually vindicates me. But as of now, district judge Jasvender Kaur has deemed me guilty and the Prosecutor does in fact feel, that 30 months of a place worst than Prison (RTC) should be given to a boy who has posted an internet video. Unless you do in fact relish in my misery, I hope both of you will be able to sleep at night, and live with the fact that right now, as it is written in the annals of history, my blood is on your hands.”

I am not going to say that this is a plea by Amos to the authority nor is it a statement of defiance. They are the words of a young boy facing the State and all its machinery for something that he posted in the youtube that is not politically right or acceptable.

What has happened now is a boy being charged and waiting for sentence for an ‘offence’ and the issue is how serious would the punishment be like. The prosecution has been making recommendations to reform the boy with the assumption that the medicine is fit for the patient and the patient would be a good and nice boy at the end of the reformative regime.

Many people have many different views and so has the boy victim. Are the adults wiser or the boy? What is right and righteous today may not be right and righteous tomorrow. The boy in his philosophical way is leaving it to the future to vindicate him and set him free from the righteous people that are all so good hearted to want to save him and would rightly deserve a place in heaven for their good deeds and intent.

What would the future said of this case? And why would the boy commented that he wish them to be able to sleep well at night and would be at peace with themselves as they live their lives? Is there a war of conscience at work? Who is pricking whose conscience?

There is this lonely feeling that the whole world of conscience has deserted this boy. He is all alone to face the music. There is a sense of helplessness in him. They say, the good shall triumph over evil. Which is good and which is evil may be a matter of subjectivity. Right and wrong is no longer so simple and straightforward.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

6/09/2015
Amos Yee – punishment versus correction

Offenders and criminals are rightly and expectedly punished by the rule of law when the law is broken. States need law to maintain order, security and rule of conduct for the proper functioning of a society. The rule of law provides a platform for people to coexist under a given set of rules that would make life bearable, orderly and to a great extent predictable.

The punishments meted out by the courts are measured and proportional to the crime committed. But before handling out a punishment, there is always the thought of corrective actions, to help the offenders not to commit the same offence again. But in some serious cases, the punishment is severe with no thought of reforming the offender. Death penalties are passed down in crimes where lives were taken or drug offences that are serious enough that corrective or reformative actions are found unnecessary.

So there are at least these two considerations when punishment are passed down, to correct and reform if possible, but if the crime is too serious, the court would do away with the corrective actions, and sentence the criminal to death.

In the Amos Yee’s case, it is not serious enough to want to just punish for the sake of punishment like serious crime. The thought is about reformation, about turning the boy offender around. And corrective actions can come in many shades and colours, from a pep talk, a warning, to reformative training and jail. What is then appropriate in the Amos Yee case would depend on how serious was the offence. In this particular case, I think many people have great differences in opinion. Some would rubbish this as the rant of a wayward youth and could simply be ignored. Some treated this very seriously and wanted the maximum punishment to be meted out. And the in betweens could vary between the two.

What is thus appropriate to be handed down to Amos Yee, a jail sentence or a long detention in a reformative centre? The prosecution is adamant on a long reformative training under detention and justifying it as reformative and corrective training. They are going to reform the boy. The intent is so noble. Would it work? Would the boy be reformed after the stint in the reformative centre? Or would it lead to rebellion and harden the boy’s attitude towards authority?

Obviously a jail sentence would be just a punishment and would not do much good in correcting the boy. But would reformative training be more effective or be worse than a jail sentence? What’s next if the reformative training is ineffective and counter productive, recommend for an extension to keep the boy in detention again until he is reformed?

The effectiveness of reformative training for such a case is questionable. No one can be assured that a reformative training would work and not to hurt or destroy the person under training. The result may be negative and just the opposite. This case would need the wisdom of mature adults to think through it carefully with the good of boy in mind. The corrective action or punishment must befit the severity of the offence. What would a sincere and kind wise man or woman recommend for the good of the boy?

What would the people in the Kindness Movement recommend?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee dangerous?
This is a matter of relatively surely. How dangerous is Amos Yee cannot be viewed in a vacuum. There must be some reference point for comparison. Let’s take the case of those foreign thugs that were allowed here to enjoy our hospitality that keep on beating up the old cabbies and refusing to pay their taxi fare, are they more dangerous than Amos Yee?
What do you think?
In the case of 29 year Swedes, a 6 foot hunk beating up a frail 60 year old cabby claiming that he felt threatened and unsafe, what the fuck, and he got only 12 weeks jail. Would this be adequate? And many of these trash got even lighter punishments. How would such punishment going to help to correct their violent behavior? Should they be given more severe punishment to teach them a lesson, to reform them? Should they be considered for 18 or 30 months of reformative training so that they can be turned into good residents and stop beating up old cabbies?
Why is Amos Yee so dangerous compares to these foreign thugs? Did Amos Yee hurt anyone, beat up anyone? Actually Amos Yee was himself a victim of assault. Is he really do dangerous to public security? And why were these foreign thugs not required to be sent for reformative training?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hollywood – You are sane until the psychiatrists made you mad

This article is not to malign the noble profession and the good people doing a good job to manage the disease of mental illness.

Hollywood has regularly produced movies on madness and how normal healthy individuals fell victims to dictators, corrupt officials and made to look mad or even become mad with the assistance of evil men and women practicing the trade of psychology and psychiatry. In their hands, they can cook up anything to pronounce a normal person mad and should be held against his wishes, freedom curtailed, and to be controlled by the evil people posing as their guardians.

And once in their hands, in the confines of a mental hospital, in the privacy of their charge, they could do many things to make a sane person mad, even by prescribing and administering drugs and injecting drugs into the victims to ensure that the victim will become mad.

For those who were victims of such circumstances, life is like living hell. And the fictions churned out by Hollywood are only the tip of the iceberg. The truth is more frightening. It is happening everywhere!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee – The world’s youngest Prisoner of Conscience

Below is what Kenneth Jeyaratnam posted.
Amos Yee: World’s Youngest Prisoner of Conscience to be recognised by Amnesty International
At the beginning of this month I started exchanging correspondence with some contacts in Amnesty International sharing my view that Amos was a prisoner of conscience. I am delighted to say that after monitoring and considering the situation they have just written to me to say that they concur. Amnesty International will recognise Amos Yee as a Prisoner of Conscience. Amos Yee does fulfill their criteria because his actions, though offensive, should not have been criminalised.
And this is the reply from Amnesty International.
Dear Kenneth,
Well, the IS has considered it and judge that he is indeed a POC by Amnesty’s definition. What he said falls under the kind of edgy and sharp expression of opinions that may annoy or insult, but it was peacefully said and doesn’t fall under the definition of incitement etc and is not grounds for criminalization. WE will speak out and expect to issue a statement ahead of the 23 June court hearing.
XXXX Redacted XXXXXXXXX
Warmest wishes, xxxx
I feel very sorry and sad to know that Amos Yee is having suicidal tendency and they are handling him like a mental patient, tying him to his bed. His mother is trying all she could to save her child and is in desperation, alone fighting the whole world. I salute Kenneth for speaking out for Amos Yee.
Where are the decent men and women in this island? The silence is pathetic and a shame. If they don’t speak up for Amos Yee, they must remain silent for the rest of their lives. No one will give them any respect for anything they say henceforth.
Is there a conscience in this piece of rock? Or has everyone been turned into a piece of rock devoid of compassion, moral righteousness, kindness, empathy, decency, justice, heartless….?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee – A miraculous medical discovery!

I am not sure if this discovery is good news or bad news. According to a survey, its finding is that Singaporeans would not have heart problems anymore. Singaporeans would also not have heart diseases. There will be no need for heart transplant ops as well. The heart surgeons and specialists are going out of job and would have to migrate to other countries where they could find patients with sick hearts. Even $8 open heart ops would be a thing of the past.

What is this miraculous discovery? Shhhh, they have discovered that Singaporeans did not have a heart! They have tested many of them and it is double confirmed, no heart, no heart beats. They cannot feel pain, they cannot feel any emotions. And when you tell them to touch their hearts they would look very lost. Where is my heart? Some may even asked what is a heart? Is it a good thing to have a heart or not?

There is also a theory that this Amos Yee episode was an elaborate set up for a very important mission. The next GE is around the corner and will be a very important one. And they are trying to find candidates with a heart. So this exercise was created to see if there are people who would stand up to show that they have a heart. Only those with a heart will be selected to stand for election.

Oops, no? So what should it be? Oh, sorry, my mistake. They are looking for candidates that can be tough and can make tough decisions. And in order to pass this hurdle, you need candidates that don’t have a heart. Only those without a heart can be unemotional and calm in decision making, would be considered for the next generation of leaders. Those who have a heart need not apply.

What is going on? Touch my heart, I swear, this is pure fiction, hallucination. I must have been drinking too much water from the tap.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee - latest developments
Roy Ngerng is making a public call to Free Amos Yee in his Facebook with a dedicated yellow and red sticker, ‘FREE AMOS YEE – PROTECT OUR CHILDREN’.
In the main media it is reported that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bangkok has called on the Govt for Amos Yee’s IMMEDIATE RELEASE.
http://bangkok.ohchr.org/files/ROB%20Press%20Statement%20220615.pdf

I dunno what to say.

PS. This just came out.
For Immediate Release

Singapore: Exonerate 16-Year-Old Blogger
Uphold Amos Yee’s Free Expression Rights, Child Protections

(Bangkok, June 23, 2015) – Singapore authorities should exonerate a 16-year-old convicted for a blog and video post about the death of Singapore’s founding prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew, Human Rights Watch said today.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee – Autism Spectrum Disease 人在做天在看
‘District Judge Jasvender Kaur today (23 Jun) ordered teenage blogger Amos Yee to be remanded for 2 weeks at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) to undergo a psychiatric assessment.
The court heard that an RTC report had found the 16-year-old physically and mentally fit to undergo reformative training. However, a report by Dr Munidasa Winslow also said that Amos may be suffering from autism-spectrum disorder.’ TRE Editorial
What is this ASD? According to a psychiatrist interviewed by CNA, an Adrian Wong if I remember correctly, there are three signs to watch out for. Difficulties in reading or articulation, difficulties in relationship, and a kind of stubbornness in views on things. And generally almost everyone has such symptoms in varying degree. In my view, of course I am not a psychiatrist, I also can say maybe everyone has ASD. Tiok boh?
Look around us, how many people did not have the three signs? Cannot speak properly, plenty of them. Have relationship problem with people, how many people did not have this problem? I will say none, everyone has some relationship problem with some people. Have a kind of stubbornness in views of things like insisting that Amos is sick when he is not. How many people are sticking to this sick view? I think in this case, everyone is suffering from ASD except Amos Yee. Yes Amos is the only normal one.
Let me put up my justifications. Amos is extremely articulate, no problem with communication. Relationship with people, he is so friendly. See how he waved to everyone and smiling all the time despite being charged with this horrible crime? At his age, with the whole state machinery and a lot of sick people gunning him down, he has a mind of steel, standing rock solid and not breaking. This is a sign of a very emotionally strong person. Many people would have broken down. Not Amos Yee. It is the other people that are having relationship problems, and with him. It is not Amos having problems with other people. And all those people are sickly sticking to an obtuse view about Amos that the UNHCHR and HRW are saying all hogwash. There is nothing wrong with Amos Yee. He is a healthy young boy and behaving like many young boys of his age and intelliegence.
How, my justifications can jalan or not? Reasonable or not? And Amos is fit for Reformative Training but suffering from ASD? Tiok boh? Like also can? If Amos has relationship problems with people, how can he be but put in the same confines with troublesome youth in the Reformative Centre? Would they not murder him since Amos cannot get along with them? Is it the right thing to do? Oops, wrong question to ask about right or wrong thing.
I think everyone should be sent for Mandatory Treatment Order instead of Amos Yee. In my view, not the view of a psychiatrist, everyone is sick except Amos. Just my layman’s view.
Please, disagree with me as much as you like. I am not an authority on this ASD thing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee – Baffling saga
‘I find the whole saga of “managing Amos” baffling. First, months ago, Amos’ mother told the court that Amos was assessed on 2 separate occasions before the trial began, by IMH psychiatrist(s).’ – Ang Yong Guan
Dr Ang is a psychiatrist in private practice. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1979 and did his postgraduate training in psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh between 1984 and 1986. He served as a military doctor with the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) for 23 years from 1980 to 2003 (17 of which as a military psychiatrist) and retired, with the rank of Colonel, as Head of Psychological Care Centre, Military Medicine Institute, SAF Medical Corps.
Dr Ang was the president of Singapore Psychiatric Association (1997-1998); chairman of the Chapter of Psychiatrists, Academy of Medicine (2001- 2003); and member of National Council on Problem Gambling (2005 – 2011). He is currently founder-chairman of Action Group for Mental Illness (from 2004 to the present), a national advocacy group championing for the mentally ill.
Finally, after so long, there is someone with a unquestionable credential on Psychiatry speaks out. No one can doubt whether his degrees are real or fake or from some degree mills. Ang Yong Guan’s qualification and experience are rock solid, a local talent and authority in this field. He posted an article in his Facebook and reposted in the TRE titled ‘ Psychiatrist: ‘Managing Amos’ saga baffling’.
This is the first time a person of authority and carrying some weight has spoken voluntarily on the Amos case. Let’s see if there is anyone else of some standing that would be bitten by his conscience to open his golden mouth to say something about this case.
Amos Yee is now in IMH and according to his mother he is the only sane person there among the insane. Poor boy. If he is not mad, his residency in the company of the mad will get to him. Is managing Amos Yee baffling?
I dunno. I really dunno. 人在做天在看
Here is a comment in his post at TRE
Detention Barracks: June 26, 2015 at 8:54 am (Quote)
@Ang
‘As ex-Army Colonel shouldn’t you access whether he is suitable for enlisted straight to Detention Barracks instead?
You seems to forgotten your root that feed you for your career. Turning your back against the hand that feed you is not going to get any votes !
Seems like you have been influenced by Glucose Chee a serial loser than turn against his mentor.’
The reason for this comment is to chastise Ang Yong Guan for being ungrateful which is more important than being right or wrong. Being grateful is more important than being morally righteous and just, the rule of law can go down the drain.
PS. Amos' mother Mary Toh also has a post in TRE titled 'A mother visits her son in IMH'. Reading it gives one a creepy feeling and a sense of haplessness.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amos Yee – The cuckoo in IMH

Amos Yee has been pronounced as insane in many shades of colours by the psychiatrists, the latest by a Professor Munidasa Winslow for saying, but not confirming, that Amos ‘may’ have Autism Spectrum Disease. For this suspicion, Amos is now in the IMH with the really mentally disturbed patients, in the same Ward 7, a most feared place by any normal person or mental patient. How cruel can the system be, how thoughtless can well meaning adults be?

The political cloud hovering over this Amos Yee case has led many people to comment about it, and the UN Human Rights Office had written to the Govt to release Amos Yee immediately. The Human Rights Watch had also written to the Govt about their strong views of this case. Notwithstanding these interferences by international organisations, the Amos Yee saga continues in its own course, according to our highly legal judicial system in a country that respects the rule of law. It is all legal, transparent and above board, as legal as it can be to the commas and full stops. Amos is in IMH for more psychiatric reviews to confirm if he has ASD or just a may be. Question, does a person being suspected to be having ASD need to be warded and live with the insane?

Another article appeared in the TRE on 27 Jun by a ‘Cuckoo – parent and psychologist’ titled ‘Amos Yee case – One flew over the cuckoo’s nest’. His concluding paragraph reads,
‘The politically-motivated move to label Amos Yee as someone who is suffering from autism is an insult to the integrity, humanity, and intellect of parents everywhere in Singapore whose kin, child, or relative are truly afflicted with this debilitating disorder and are coping with it every day.
I beseech parents who feel the injustice to voice out now.’
No one has been brave enough to make such a stark comment. This article and the other articles, all expressed an unspeakable exasperation that something very wrong is happening but nothing could be done to stop it. The fact that the people writing all these articles to show their frustration and dismay were netizens, mostly unknown or not prominent citizens, except perhaps Dr Ang Yong Guan, may be a reason why they did not matter. Who are these ordinary people to make a case for a boy already pronounced as a bad boy, a mental case and to expect things to change in favour of the boy? What about the UN and HRW? The ethos of this govt is that foreign interferences in our domestic affairs should be ignored at all cost, they should not matter. We are responsible for the welfare of our people and we will do what is right. We know what is good for Amos Yee.
What is right looks like right in this case if silence is consent. Not a minister or MP, not any elite, not a person of any stature or distinction, has said anything in favour of the boy or to cast any doubt that this case may be not that right after all. Knowing that Singapore is a highly righteous society where the elite are men and women of high moral standing, that would not allow any injustice to happen before their eyes and do nothing, remember the noise of condemnation about heckling sensitive children at Hong Lim, the silence says a lot. Hypocrisy, no, just being pragmatic, to go with the flow. This is essential to get rich and dignified in this place. The silence is to mean that there is nothing wrong, nothing fishy that demands our elite and people of prominence, people with a lot of conscience, to open their golden mouth. That is nothing wrong with the case. Period.
This must be the only reason why there is a total silence or an appearance that everyone has gone into hiding, to stay clear of this Amos Yee case. We used to have very vocal personalities speaking out on things that they perceived as wrong.
Maybe this is a holiday season and everyone has gone on vacation, or at least their conscience has gone on leave. The fortunate thing is that no one of any respect or reputation has step out to say the boy deserves it. Only the trash has been very outspoken in the social media to condemn the boy and with threats of all kinds. Maybe this is supposed to be an encouraging sign, that only trash would spew trash and the decent at least would do the decent thing, to keep their mouth shut. Perhaps there is an uncomfortable and grudging reluctance to believe there is still some hope, some goodness that are temporarily concealed or went underground.
The AHPETC has already caused the PAP a lot of votes though it thinks otherwise, that it has done a brilliant killing of the WP and scored a convincing victory. There will be the superficials that could not see through the façade and believe innocently that it was a simple case of questionable management practices. What is the intent of this effort to harp on how a town council is being managed and ignoring the bigger issues when huge losses are happening almost every other day?
How many more votes would the PAP lose in the Amos saga? Taking on a boy is already a no no and politically unwise thing to do. The whole process is making things looking so ugly that if it still thinks it could walk away unscathed and go on to win the goodwill of the people, then it must be totally out of sync with the sentiments of the people. A few die hard unthinking IBs fighting furiously with their stupidity, to put on a brave front in the social media, is not going to do any good. The damage has already been done, and this damage is likely to be a hole too big to cover. Damage control will be a vain effort.
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