Amos Yee

by Patrick Liew on March 31, 2015

Amos Yee created a video to insult Mr Lee Kuan Yew, our founding father.

It contained words that were uncalled for, including religious terms and obscene words.

He couldn’t have picked a worst time to do it, especially during our nation’s mourning period.

Quite clearly, he must be hoping that it would go viral. It would attract eyeballs to him and his blog.

That’s why I was hoping that nobody would watch and share his video. We should not encourage such untoward behavior.

If increasing number of eyeballs was the goal, he achieved it.

However, he attracted the wrong crowd. He has drawn a lot of unnecessary attention to himself and his parents.

The police might investigate the rising complaints about his action.

He could be punished in accordance with the laws.

At the end of the day, his action might also affect his career and future endeavor.

I could not understand why Amos, a young and educated man would choose to commit such a senseless act.

It would be such a pity if his life got flushed down the sewage pipe of life because of one foolish mistake.

As a beneficiary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s nation-building achievement, my first instinct was to wish the worst for him, hoping that he would be punished to the fullest extent of the laws.

The punishment should be strong enough so that it would be a deterrent to him and others who might be thinking of committing a similar action.

However, as Amos’ foolish posting started to become viral, I began to pity him. It generated many strong responses, some of which were literally calling for his blood.

On reflection, I ask myself, if netizens take it upon themselves to punish him, will it cross the line and destroy a young man’s life and quite possibly, the lives of people who love him?

Besides administering charges in a courts of law, are there any other ways to help him?

What will be an ideal outcome? That Amos learn his lesson, change his ways, and use his talents for a greater good?

How can the Authorities and Amos’ parents and friends encourage him to seek help?

I’m confident that there are many kind souls out there who are willing to help him.

I for one am more than happy to share some life skills with him to get him started on how to live and do well.

As a volunteer in youth work for a total of 20 years, I believe in the ideals, talents and energies of our young people. I believe that they have tremendous potential to change the world.

I’ve always said that youth work is adult work.

I was told that if we don’t win young people’s hearts today, they will break ours tomorrow.

If we don’t shape them properly today, they will not be able to shape a better world and future for all of us.

I hope that we will find something within ourselves to forgive Amos and help him find a better path in life.

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The end of the beginning

by Patrick Liew on March 31, 2015

The heavy curtain has fallen
A veil of darkness clouds our nation

The candle flame gone
Giving light to another creation

Music ended
New players took their place
Symphony prepared
Raising crescendos for the human race

The baton has been passed
Giving rise to a new day
What our founding fathers have built
In gratitude we strengthen to thrive in a better way

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Message For The “Tribute To Mr Lee Kuan Yew” @ Shine Auditorium, 26 March 2015

March 28, 2015

This week, my spirit has been crushed. My heart sunk to a deep and dark abyss. Our Founding Father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew is no longer with us. He’s gone forever. We will not hear his words anymore. We will not see him again. We grieve for the loss. We miss him. I’m at a […]

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An entire country – nay – the whole world Will long remember that day in March when The news struck:​​​​​ “Mr. Lee Kuan Yew has passed on.”   Gone.   For two generations, a stalwart fixture In a grateful, successful nation Now here we are — grieving, unbelieving. For our strong-willed, clean-hearted, leader Who sowed courage and grit To harvest honour for a whole nation, Mining greatness out of […]

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I stand all amazed At the life he lived for me I tremble in awe At the way he cared for me My leader, my advocate My champion, my hero His bequest – our nation To live and die for, to the end. His monument stands, mighty and proud! A tiny red dot Revered in […]

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My Whatsapp Message to our Team of Volunteers who are Organising the Tribute for You.

March 28, 2015

Hi Gang, “At the end of the day, what have I got? A successful Singapore. What have I given up? My life.” – Mr Lee Kuan Yew (1923-2015) Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart for all that you have sacrificed and achieved for the Tribute. Words cannot express my appreciation for […]

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Reflection On His Achievement

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Long ago, he voluntarily gave up political and positional power to implement a succession plan.  He made it possible for not just one but two generations of leaders to succeed him and take the country to a higher level.  During the process, he was always around to monitor the progress and intervene when necessary.  He […]

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Tribute To A Giant

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He went into the gladiator’s arena to fight not for his life but for his country.  His enemies were stronger then and had support coming from different countries.  There were dark forces lurking behind shadows, manipulating impressionable minds and agitating people at their worst instincts.  The battle had no rules. Nobody expect a fair fight.  […]

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I’m at a total loss for words. My heart has sunk to a dark abyss. 

March 23, 2015

What words can convey the depth of emotions for the passing away of a great leader, a man for whom I’ll always be grateful to for what he has done for me and my family.  What words can articulate a debt of gratitude to a man, without whom I would never have a proper education […]

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Without Mr Lee Kuan Yew, There Would Not Be A Thriving Singapore.

March 23, 2015

I was born during the hard times, a period of turmoil and civil unrest in the history of Singapore.  Our people were poor, mostly  uneducated and of migrant stock. We had low fiscal reserves and hardly any natural resources.  At that point, the political masters were not known to serve our best interests.  Whatever the […]

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