I am a Burmese exile taking a near-permanent refuge in New York and Sydney. Here are my essays about Burma and anything else I feel like writing about. And posting the articles I like from selected sites. Bridging Burma to the world this Blog is more of a Politically-Oriented Literary Blog than a Plain News Blog or a Sophisticated Thoughts Blog.
A Singaporean teenager arrested for posting an
expletive-laden YouTube video attacking the country's late founding leader Lee
Kuan Yew and Christianity has faced court. Amos
Yee, 16, smiled and fidgeted as his charges were read to him in a district
charged with three separate counts, including one for actions that have the
"deliberate intention of wounding the religious or racial feelings of any
person". He was also charged with putting into circulation an obscene object,
as well as for threatening, abusive or insulting communication under the
city-state's newly enacted Protection from Harassment Act.
In an eight-minute video titled Lee Kuan Yew is finally
dead, Yee launched a scathing attack on the 91-year-old political patriarch who
wascremated after a state
funeral on Sunday. In the video, Yee, who was arrested on Sunday, also likened
the city-state's first prime minister to Jesus as he launched a tirade against
If found guilty of the charges, he could face jail time
of up to three years and fines of up to $4,800. Yee appeared in court
accompanied by his parents. Outside the court, his father told reporters he
wanted to apologise to prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, Lee Kuan Yew's son.
Bail was set at $19,050, and deputy public prosecutor Hon
Yi asked that Yee agree not to upload or distribute any comment or content
while the case was being heard. A pre-trial conference has been set for April
'Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person'
Police said they had
"received more than 20 reports regarding an online video that contained,
in part, insensitive and disparaging remarks against Christians". The
YouTube video clip Yee appeared in was viewed hundreds of thousands of times
before it was taken down.
Kuan Yew was a horrible person ... everyone is scared, everyone is afraid that
if they say something like that they might get into trouble," Yee said in
the video. He also challenged the prime minister, Mr Lee, to sue him.
video has been taken down from Yee's YouTube page but others have reproduced it
in part or in full. Deputy police commissioner Tan Chye Hee said police took a
stern view of acts that could "threaten religious harmony" in
person who uploads offensive content online with deliberate intention of
wounding the religious or racial feelings of any person will be firmly dealt
with in accordance with the law," he said in a statement. Yee's case has
reignited concerns about censorship and social controls in the Asian financial
hub and drew criticism from an international media freedom watchdog.
credited with laying the foundations for Singapore's prosperity as prime
minister from 1959 to 1990, was given a hero's send-off on Sunday, with more
than 100,000 people lining the streets for his casket's final procession
despite torrential rain.
He was revered by citizens for Singapore's prosperity and
social stability but also criticised by rights groups for entrenching a system
that called for one dominant political party, the muzzling of the press and
curbing political liberties including free speech.