Last year, 16-year-old Singaporean YouTuber Amos Yee was arrested and convicted of “wounding religious feelings” and “obscenity” after he made a video mocking Christianity and Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kwan Yew. Though he was handed a jail sentence of multiple weeks, the court awarded him “time served” for how long he had been in custody and basically let him go.
So he continued posting his videos.
Now they’re coming after him all over again.
The 17-year-old was arrested on May 11 and released on bail of S$5,000.
Five of the charges Yee faces are for allegedly wounding the religious feelings of Muslims, and one for allegedly wounding the religious feelings of Christians. These charges are under Section 298 of the Penal Code.
I guess they didn’t like this video he posted back in April:
Or this one he posted after his arrest:
The charges are very serious:
If convicted of deliberately wounding the religious feelings of others, Yee faces up to three years’ jail and a fine. He also faces up to a month’s jail and a fine of up to S$1,500 for failing to report to the Jurong Police Division despite an order.
It just goes to show you how oppressive Singapore can be. The nation can’t handle religious criticism, and they’re facing someone who’s deliberately provocative. Every time he gets released on bail, he uploads more videos critical of religious faith and the Singaporean government (two sides of the same coin, really).
Yee has shown he won’t let the government get the best of him, and the more they come after him, the more incentive he has to push back even harder. More power to him.