The outside world may have awaited anxiously for the outcome of the court case yesterday - including The Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and International Business Times - but we who are born and bred here know that the result is a foregone conclusion.
Grace Fu, Singapore’s second minister for foreign affairs, was quoted by The Associated Press (AP) as saying she wasn’t concerned about the international response to the image of a teen shackled for speaking his mind online. This is one foreign minister who cares not an iota about our soiled reputation as a global city. Instead, she's more concerned "my family would not suffer a drastic change in the standard of living" if the drop in income "is tilted further in the future".
- “He is only 16 years old. Don’t make him out to be a demon.”
- “I won’t say he’s a man of conviction, but he’s certainly a kid of conviction.”
- “Amos is very positive; he believes there’s nothing wrong and stands by what he says and this is the very reason why he is in remand, because he refuses to be gagged.”
- “We may not agree with him on what he has posted… (but) if it is a crime it has to be proven in the court of law.”