Allow me to emphasize once again. We cannot be complacent or careless with what we say and do. This blogpost hopes to answer directly the question:
“What are the Deadly consequences of irresponsible Freedom of Speech?”
The recent shootings at the Copenhagen café during a seminar on free speech, and the killing of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists in Paris, are the results of “hurting religious feelings” that led to such consequences and such unnecessary division.
In order “for ‘evil’ to prevail, all that needs to happen is for ‘good’ people to do nothing.” – Edmund Blurke
Amos Lee called MM Lee a manipulative and horrible person. He said everyone is afraid that if they say something like that, they might get into serious trouble. He likened MM Lee to Christ as being power hungry and malicious, and as deceiving others into thinking they are both compassionate and kind. His statement contains discriminatory intent, coupled with the virulence of his criticism. He is clearly divisive and destructive, not only to others, but also to himself.
We all understand that most young people are very impulsive. However, Amos Yee is beyond impulsive. He uses language that is so repulsive and abusive that it has caused outrage in the community.
I personally believe that the majority of the young people here in Singapore are level-headed like Miss Rachel Jiang, who debunked Amos’s claims with her factual and no-nonsense reply on YouTube. She is one example of excellence in our young people who have the attitude of gratitude, not like this ungrateful callous spoiled brat.
Therefore, I challenge the youths of Singapore to stand up and debunk such half-truths, lies and misrepresentations. There are youths like Miss Rachel and other young people who have come out strongly against Amos on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms. They have deliberately disassociated themselves from Amos.
The youths of Singapore must not let up but continue to take Amos Yee to task without resorting to the mudslinging of his weird, absurd narcissistic personality. If not, it will cause you to take on his “shitty” behavior and give him even more cheap publicity. We must not allow this infamous Amos to speak on behalf of the youth in such a crude, rude, and unsubstantiated manner. Especially what he said about Christianity, which is so out of place, let alone out of depth.
Yes, it is true that we must give young people a second chance for their wrong choices. However, distorting and insulting a religion is inflammatory and cannot be tolerated. It’s like a youngster throwing a lit cigarette butt in a forest and causing a huge forest fire and many to be killed. Crude remarks about race and religion spread a lot faster on social media than forest fires and are much more damaging.
And if he doesn’t stop, he will not only influence, but also inspire young impressionable minds to exhibit viciousness and blatant disrespect towards elders and people in authority.
The second question those youngsters at Starbucks asked:
Uncle, what are the most precious achievements of the past 50 years that MM Lee has left as a legacy? What can we as Singaporeans commit to do in order to continue what MM Lee has done?
Firstly, for this we must thank Mr. Tommy Koh on his extremely well-written article in The Straits Times on 1st April 2015, which said that
“We all consider Singapore’s religious harmony one of the most precious achievements of the past 50 years. We must do everything we can to preserve it.”
According to Koh,
“Singapore is a secular state. We do not have state religion … The right to free speech is not an absolute right. The Penal Code makes it an offence to utter words which deliberately wound the religious feelings of others. The Sedition Act makes it an offence to promote feelings of ill will or hostility between different races or classes of the population. In 2005, three bloggers were convicted under the Sedition Act for posting Web-blog comments that were anti-Muslim. In Singapore, unlike Denmark and France, cartoons, which depict the Prophet Muhammad, would be deemed to be offensive, punishable under both the Penal Code and Sedition Act, and not protected by the freedom of speech.”
We must always remember what MM Lee said about multiracial and religious harmony in our nation.
If we take language, race and religion for granted, we are taking a risk because MM Lee regards these as “deep fault lines” that could divide us for decades if we do not stay as one united people.
We must manage those possible “divisions” as best as MM Lee and the old guard did, even in the face of strong opposition to their tough policies aimed at containing those differences.
I take time to share this so that the young and old alike do not use internet or be used by others to spout untruths or spread malicious lies. Particularly in the social media world, where what is written or said is like a permanent “tattoo” online and cannot be erased or withdrawn.
Amos Yee, if you want to spout discriminatory messages, you should be living in a Western country, not here in Singapore. You may be better off under the rule of Stalin or Adolf Hitler or Kim Jong Un.
Seeing you play with fire, there is no danger of you having the chance to do worse to others than what you have already done to yourself. Sooner than later, like most narcissists, you will self-destruct to your early demise. What a wasted talent and I’m sorry that you acted so rashly. Young copycats should take heed or your life will end before it can even begin.
From Video: “Here we make the model multiracial society. This is not a country that belongs to any single community – it belongs to all of us. This was a mudflat, a swamp. Today, it is a modern city. And 10 years from now, it will be a metropolis – never fear!”
If it had not been for MM Lee’s lifelong obsession to transform Singapore, you would be living in a mudflat swampy village.
Singaporeans in general would like to thank MM Lee for balancing gingerly the ideology of Western Democracy & Development.
Many times, MM Lee is “ruthlessly reasonable” in order to temper the reality of developing Singapore into a 1st World nation. For what we have accomplished, we are still a Society in Transition. The next 50 years is where we will see our exciting new Singapore Story unfold, with or without you, Amos Yee. Good riddance and bad rubbish! Period!
For the next blogpost, I will share the views of two national leaders, Mr. Tommy Koh & Mr. Kishore Mahbubani, on the subject of how to maintain Unity and Harmony; and why MM Lee stuck so strongly to the principle of Multiracial & Meritocracy. We can take over the torch that he has left with us so that we can stand upon the shoulders of MM Lee who was a ‘giant among men’.
We can then take Singapore to even greater heights as long as we fully understand the principles of unity and harmony expounded by him. In the next blogpost, we will also discuss how as Singaporeans we can make our commitment to treasure MM Lee’s parting gift to Singapore. What was MM Lee’s parting gift? Stay tuned for the next article.
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