17-year-old Amos Yee was today (Sep 29) sentenced to six weeks’ jail and a S$2,000 fine for expressing atheistic views in Singapore. The Singapore court found the anti-government blogger guilty for “wounding religious feelings” and failing to obey police’s order to turn up at a police station.
Singapore judge Ong Hian Sun said that Amos Yee’s “contemptuous and irreverent remarks have the tendency to generate unrest, crest animosity and undermine social harmony.” However, there is no complain from the Muslim and Christian faith over Amos Yee’s expression of atheistic views which he insulted.
The Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) claimed that Amos Yee “profited financially” from the anti-religions views but did not disclose how much did the 17-year-old made:
“This case is about an accused person who, even after a previous brush with the law for a similar offence, deliberately upped the ante by escalating the offensiveness of the material which he created. The accused cynically set out to wound religious feelings in order to gain attention for himself, and ultimately to profit financially from such attention.”
Amos Yee was previously jailed 50 days for insulting the dictator Prime Minister’s father, Lee Kuan Yew. The Singapore Police swiftly arrested the teenager after he posted a popular video celebrating the death of the former dictator in March 2015. Although the Singapore government claimed Amos Yee “wounded feelings” and caused “disharmony”, it is public knowledge that the punishments are politically motivated as part of the Prime Minister’s scheme to muzzle criticisms.
Last month (Aug 2016), the United Nations expressed their protest against the Singapore government and called for Amos Yee’s acquittal. In Dec 2015, writer Roy Ngerng who posted anti-CPF views was sentenced to pay S$150,000 in defamation to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. In Mar 2016, pregnant Australian woman, Ai Takagi, was jailed 10 months for “sedition” over her anti-PAP articles posted on her website, The Real Singapore. Her husband, Yang Kai Heng, was jailed 8 months for involvement with the website.