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Singapore Government Interference in Amos Yee’s Asylum Bid? Get Real.

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On Amos Yee’s page, a post put up today reads as follows:

We would like to thank those who are concerned about Amos’s situation. Your love and outpouring of concern is greatly appreciated.

We would like to take a moment to address a statement that was made by ambassador Bilahari Kausikan “In fact the well-being of the boy and his family were probably the least of their considerations if this was ever a consideration in the first place.”

http://www.theindependent.sg/amos-yee-fb-pages-conspiracy-…/

We appreciate your concerns ambassador for Amos’s well being. We are well aware that Amos’s imprisonment in Singapore and in the US would have a negative impact on his psychological well being, he is still a young developing mind. The activists working with Amos have taken his mental health into consideration. We have found for Amos two professionals who are willing to work with Amos pro bono. One is a licensed family therapist the other is a licensed psychologist. One has already worked with Amos and will continue to do so in the future; the other is now in the process of obtaining special privileges to work with Amos directly while he is incarcerated. Both have agreed to provide Amos with help once he has been released from detention. Considerations for his psychological well-being were made with Amos’s family prior to his departure as activists have been in contact with Amos’s mother at all times.

As for the statement “[those] who encouraged the boy to seek asylum” in the US for “making use of the boy and their family for their own anti-government agenda from the very beginning.” Amos chose to come to the US of his own free will. Amos and his family were never at any point “cynically manipulated” into carrying out any actions. Amos of his own free will chose to come to the US and his family was well aware of his decision to do so and the obstacles that he might face. Those that know Amos know very well that he isn’t easily manipulated as he has a strong will. It is Amos who chose his departure date and committed to the plan. Activists working with Amos only became aware at the last moment as to which date he chose. He wanted to do it this way for secrecy reasons.

Our suspicions for possible government interference are just suspicions but they are not unfounded. Even Amos’s most vocal critics such as Lester978 who runs a popular anti-Amos blog agrees that:

“I would be surprised if the Singapore gov. would simply let the ruling stand and not kick up a fuss about it. Let me now qualify that statement further in no uncertain terms: it would be inconceivable of the Singapore Government/Embassy not to move heaven and earth to redress the obloquy inflicted on the nation by the existing misrule — all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if need be.”

http://archive.is/BNT4H

If Wikileaks has taught us anything it is that what goes behind closed doors by those in power are not always what they seem to be.

Let’s look at the posting in detail.

“We have found for Amos two professionals who are willing to work with Amos pro bono.”

Pro bono again? His parents are not poor. On what basis does he deserve to have everything given to him for free? As someone said, Amos takes the notion of the USA being a “free country” too literally.

Amos of his own free will chose to come to the US and his family was well aware of his decision to do so and the obstacles that he might face.

And yet these “well aware” family members didn’t tell Amos anything about the obstacles that he faced, as can be seen from this Facebook posting, where he said the following:

…my court date (not release day) is scheduled for 30th January. Yes, you heard that right, fucking 30th January. What the fuck?!

That means I will literally have spent a total of 50 days in American jail, that is longer than anything that the Singaporean government has sentenced me for…

What the fuck? What the fuck?! This is bullshit! This is fucking bullshit! And the worst part is nobody really knows about these kinds of awful immigration policies existed in America. (Emphasis this blogger’s)

So his family was “well aware” of his asylum bid and “the obstacles he might face”, and yet they didn’t seem to inform him very well about immigration policies in the USA.

Those that know Amos know very well that he isn’t easily manipulated as he has a strong will. It is Amos who chose his departure date and committed to the plan. Activists working with Amos only became aware at the last moment as to which date he chose. He wanted to do it this way for secrecy reasons.

Ok, he chose the date, so who planted the idea of asylum in his mind? If he wanted to keep his departure date a secret, then how did these activists know about his departure “at the last moment”?

Our suspicions for possible government interference are just suspicions but they are not unfounded. Even Amos’s most vocal critics such as Lester978 who runs a popular anti-Amos blog agrees that:

“I would be surprised if the Singapore gov. would simply let the ruling stand and not kick up a fuss about it. Let me now qualify that statement further in no uncertain terms: it would be inconceivable of the Singapore Government/Embassy not to move heaven and earth to redress the obloquy inflicted on the nation by the existing misrule — all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if need be.”

Oh dear. It’s hard not to laugh.

Firstly, this blogger has serious doubts that the Singaporean government would go out of its way to get Amos Yee back. The bulk of Singaporeans, whether they support the PAP or not, have encouraged the USA to keep him. Singapore, by and large, is glad to have one less delinquent on its shores, thank you very much.

Secondly, even if the Singaporean government did approach the USA to reject Amos Yee’s asylum bid, is the USA, a country with the most nuclear weapons, aircraft carriers and sophisticated weaponry in the world that weak-willed to simply do the biddings of a government which appears only as a red dot on the world map? The last time I checked, the USA has incurred China’s wrath by accepting Chinese dissidents. Why would it even listen to Singapore?

This blogger, like these American bloggers maintaining Amos Yee’s page, doesn’t know, if there is any kind of covert interference by the Singapore government (he doubts it).

However, he can name overt interference by Singaporeans in Amos Yee’s case, in the form of Kenneth Jeyaretnam and Melissa Chen.

And while this blogger is not privileged to know how much viewership Lester Kok gets, it’s a big stretch of the imagination to call his blog “a popular anti-Amos blog”. Judging by the number of comments on his blog posts (not even 10 per post usually!), the number isn’t too big.

The Lester Kok blog is not “an anti-Amos blog”. Lester Kok blogs about many other things as well. Aside from talking about Amos Yee, he also blogs about Singapore politics, talking about both PAP and the opposition.

Scraping the bottom of the barrel much, Amos Yee supporters?

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May 24, 2017 at 4:04 am

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