Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Difference Of Perspective

It was Lee Hsien Loong who asked a student at a NUS ministerial forum in 2011: "Do you believe everything you read in the Straits Times?"

Not if ST is determined to sink lower than the murky depths of the 153rd position, a drop of 3 places from last year's ranking of 150, out of a total of 180 countries and territories. The 2015 ranking of 153 is the lowest-ever ranking the Republic has been given by watchdog group Reporters Without Borders in its annual evaluation.

In the same mean spirit of the other slanted ST report that gave the impression Amos' mother filed a police report to have her son arrested, this time the story telling nuanced that Mr Vincent Law, a family counselor and faithful Christian, had refused to bail Amos out a second time and had given up on his lost cause.

An interview with a more credible online source revealed that Mr Law did extended an offer to bail him out again. It was Amos himself who declined the act of Christian charity, on grounds of refusal to abide by the onerous bail conditions, as he had no wish to be gagged by anyone. Something along the lines of give me liberty, or give me death, but less dramatic.

Cognizant of the youth's stand on principles, Mr Law had no recourse but to discharge himself as the bailor.

We are told that on the first occasion of the bail fiasco, Mr Law made it clear that he is of Christian persuasion and asked if Amos had any problems with that. After all, the boy had said that some Christians crave for power while giving the impression of being compassionate. Sets you thinking about Kong Hee building a mega singing career for his wife, and Lawrence Khong kicking his daughter out of the house while she was heavy with child.

“No, no, its fine,” Mr Law recalled Amos saying in response to his declaration. Once again, the boy demonstrated he is more mature than his years, “Just like, as much as I may not agree with Lee Kuan Yew’s policies but we can still have a dip in the same swimming pool.”

28 comments:

  1. It will make my day to see Pinky dipping in the same swimming pool as the kid.

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    1. Metaphorically speaking.....

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    2. But of course. ..metaphorically speaking otherwise it would be idolatry.

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  2. Haha......

    Never swim in the same pool with him.

    The whole swimming pool may get contaminated.

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  3. i'm surprised the shitty times did not follow up with the arrest of the attacker... on 2nd thought i shouldn't be surprised

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  4. A public service announcement -

    “GURU SAY!

    OF COURSE! What you think, me and my family of 7 will attend the count hearing on the 7 and 8 May 2015. Everyone of us will be holding a big yellow CHIQUITA BANANA in support of Amos Yee! Come on Singaporeans let’s stand up for Amos!”

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  5. Did Amos kill anyone? If those wanting to spill his blood (including Bertha Henson) is to be believed, he did. Amos is a lot smarter, wiser, and more principled than many of his detractors. Even those sympathetic to him say that he needs to be disciplined or counselled. Disciplined for what? And counselled for what? For daring to speak his mind against a man who would use knuckle dusters on his opponents and a regime determined to fix them? Amos needs no discipline. That truly Christian man Vincent Law has spoken of a discipline young man who cannot bear to see this little red dot going to the sewers. His academic record shows his discipline and intelligence. According to Wikipedia, he scored A* for Maths and Science and A for English and Chinese in his PSLE and Roy Ngerng tells us he scored As for E Maths, A Maths,Chemistry and English. That is a kid whose accomplishments show a disciplined mind. If they think they can cow him they are sorely mistaken. Hail to this young man.

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  6. The boy is going through phase of oedipus complex (rivalry sort).

    However, I bet if he can use his wit and intellect to perhaps explore a career in stand up comedy - in the likes of China's Joe Wong or Peter Russell etc. They get to be sharp, and make fun of all subjects and sell out to big crowds. And it gives him the opportunity to interact with crowds, rather than being inwardly online. Is about time SG gets a new upcoming star after Kumar.

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  7. Problem is a lof Papies and their supporters still live in the past and still believes in the tooth fairy and policemen now as in the past should wears shorts....really hopeless these particular subset of humans...no wonder u all will go extinct in the end...and an amicable universe will smile in glee..so easy getting rid of humanity without even lifting a finger...cos u can count on humanity destroying each other...zzz

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  8. http://www.elgarmummy.com/the-danger-of-twice-exceptional-students-undiagnosed/

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  9. Anyone wonder why they still have laws for pornography even when it is available to everyone with just a click away? Just look at how they will simply add additional charges to any suspect without fail whenevet they chance upon searching any suspect's computer or mobile phone as if they are so trigger happy to charge anyone for pornography?

    What does this say about the type of Govt we have .... just like prosecuting those who happen to have paid sex with teenage prostitutes and destroying people's lives as if there is no mercy ?

    No room for compassion but then when it comes to their own cronies like that Mango MP, they simply close one eye. Who can now say they are not corrupt in their own backyard ?

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    1. Pornography is in your mind. You have to jail or charge every boy and girl, man and woman, I am sure, your yourself too. I think they have to whip or cane themselves in court while presiding over others too. What do you think, woman?

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  10. Straits Times? I thought it closed down already (or supposed to close down) with its dismal readership. Than again, it is govt mouthpiece providing the only outlet this govt heavily relied on to propagate its messages, objectivity is not in the agenda, readers have to read at their own risk or risk brain damages.

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  11. Dear Tatler,

    We're writing from Inconvenient Questions (IQ), a socio-political website which seeks answers on burning issues from netizens with the hopes of promoting a robust, honest discussion on issues without having to resort to vitriol.

    Once a fortnight, we organise an in-depth studio discussion which will be recorded and posted online along with 5 to 6 snippets showing key highlights. You may view our previous discussions here. http://inconvenientquestions.sg/Events

    We’d like to extend an invitation to you or any of your blog's readers participate in our upcoming discussion. The event details are as follows:

    Title: debateIQ - Rules of Engagement?
    Date: Wednesday 13th May 2015
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:45pm
    Venue: NUS U-Town

    The discussion hopes to look at the "light touch" the government has adopted in regulating free speech. We hope that the discussion will help to define the boundaries of acceptable and respectful speech.

    If you'll like to find out more, pls do not hesitate to contact editor@inconvenientquestions.sg

    Yours Faithfully,
    IQ Editors

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    1. You not scared of being charged for illegal assembly ah?

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    2. They even roped in Professor Simon Chesterman, son-in-law of the KFC selected president and uncle of the prime minister. Like that where got real discussion?

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    3. This must be the "correct" venue for an open debate in Singapore.

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    4. IQ Editors even have a discussion called "Understanding Lee Kuan Yew".
      Actually hor, it's very simple lah.
      I think just be an Opposition politician or supporter lah.
      You will get to know Lee Kuan Yew very well.

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  12. Don't know about you, but I like a multi-dimensional perspective. Read it, and savor his thoughts. Those goons who try t gag him is trying to gag his thoughts. The online world is all he has. The only medium he can connect and interact with everyone out there. Bottom line - can the state truly police your thoughts?

    http://existentialistslavedog.blogspot.sg/2015/04/we-need-to-talk-about-amos-yee.html

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  13. Mark my words. Singapore press freedom will drop to 160th after GE2016.

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  14. The only effing pool that LHL is swimming in is with the rich millionaires whose tons of money are worth their weight in gold, nicely stored away in the changi vault, while our sons are the high class security guards for their safes as they throw their stashes of money and weight around Singaporeans, the real local talents. That pool is swimming in liquid gold. Get used to that new perspective.

    http://www.allsingaporestuff.com/article/prc-woman-singaporeans-suck-prcs-because-prcs-are-richer

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  15. Cardboard Policeman.
    Caption says:
    "Stop - Slapping Is A Crime."

    Cardboard PAP Home Minister.
    Caption says:
    "Avoid Violent People And You Will Be Safe."

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  16. Sinkies cannot differentiate between "freedom of speech" and
    "usage of hate speech for publicity".

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    1. There's no hate speech in Singapore. Not when there's no free speech in the first place.

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  17. Now when the whole world is discussing the heavy hand of PAP in dealing with a 16 yo with him rotting in prison due to ridiculous bail conditions, it tries to sweep everything under the carpet by trying to get Amos to be mentally evaluated so that it can proclaim to the world that Amos is not mentally sound for the overseas journalists to stop writting about his case.

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  18. IMHO, either the Judge or DPP are outdated and needs to be updated, or are they merely clueless as to use a 20th century punishment to handle our 21st y-millenia generations to mete out such an unreasonable and laughable bail "punishments". Which?

    The gag order is extreme for someone like Amos due to his social isolation. That's been plain for everyone to see and who bothers to try and understand this boy. As he himself aptly puts it, the "internet" to him is like water is to fish.
    To put a total gag order like no uploading directly or indirectly clearly demonstrates how out of touch they are in the net-savvy era where our youths and young adults operate these days. Try tell a teacher and his class of students in any high school NOT to text/post/write online and go back to mindless consumption and writing pens/books for a week for a change. And you'll see what kind of revolt you will get!

    What they could do is only ban him on posting vlogs on youtube publicly since it was his spoken words that got him into offensiveness. And privatising his blog/twitter posts etc ie. allowing people who wants to "opt-in" by certain dates as they are well -adjusted adutls who are not slightest piffed by slight rantings of children should subscribe. It is their consent that they have waived their right to be offended thus ensuring his right to expression with mutual consent. Problem solved! And in fact, if I were Amos, I would start charging by pay per view to his private "diary" content which will also make it a win-win-win situation for all!!

    Now, how difficult is that actually?

    Do you really need a Sudoko creator or computer rocket scientist to tell them that?

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  19. Other than the Unneccesary Use of Profanities in his Video, Amos' s expressions are much mild compare to Conment in the TRE and Lee Kuan Yew Watch Blogsites.

    Amos was just unlucky to be picked for arraignment.

    patriot

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  20. Putting trial a 16 year old in an adult court and detaining him on laws for an adult. Now what's the definition of bully?

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