Monday, 18 May 2015

The Amos Yee Saga

Amos makes fun of former bailor despite promise to apologise for false claim
Teenage blogger Amos Yee (left) has said that he is "extremely remorseful" for his claims that his bailor Vincent Law had molested him. - ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG/THE NEW PAPER

A day after claiming that he was "extremely remorseful" for the false claim that his former bailor Vincent Law had molested him and that he would offer a "detailed" public apology, teenage blogger Amos Yee has again admitted to lying.

On Saturday, he wrote: "I should issue a sincere apology to Vincent Law? Hahahahaha." Instead he claimed that the 51-year-old youth counsellor threatened to discharge himself nine times as his bailor if Yee refused to have regular meetings with him. Yee also described several instances in which he claimed Mr Law was being unreasonable in the way he treated him.

When asked about Yee's latest about-turn, Mr Law told The Straits Times: "I think it's best to leave Amos alone and not write about him." He added he was not considering legal action. 

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Vincent Law’s son defends father from Amos

Francis Law provides Facebook users with an entirely different narrative from what had happened while his father was Amos' bailor

Vincent Law’s son has posted a Facebook message refuting teenage blogger Amos Yee’s hurtful claims about his father.

Francis Micah Law finally broke his silence on the matter after being asked probing questions about his father following Amos’ molestation allegation.

The son of Amos’ former bailor conceded that while his father had been tough on Amos and even raised his voice at him, Vincent only did so “because he cared for him (Amos) and wanted to fulfil his role as a bailor”.

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Counsellor demands 'unreserved apology' from Amos Yee

Teenage blogger Amos Yee (left) has said that he is "extremely remorseful" for his claims that his bailor Vincent Law had molested him. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG/THE NEW PAPER FILE

Teen blogger Amos Yee has posted an apology to his former bailor on his Facebook page early Friday morning.

In the post, Yee said: "I am extremely remorseful for the turmoil that I have caused to Vincent and his family, for the allegations towards him that he molested me."

He added: "I am currently tendering a long, and detailed public apology to Vincent and his family, for my horrid actions."

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Give me 3 days to pen apology, Amos begs


Unrepentant over falsely alleging that his bailor molested him and mocking Vincent Law for demanding he make a public apology, the unrepentant Amon Yee took to Facebook again, leaving a sarcastic post instead.

In the post, Yee said he was “extremely remorseful for the turmoil that I have caused to Vincent and his family, for the allegations towards him that he molested me”.

He added, “I am currently tendering a long, and detailed public apology to Vincent and his family, for my horrid actions.

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Amos’ Yee former bailor accepts apology for molest allegation


Mr Vincent Law, 51, a family and youth counsellor has told TOC that he has decided not to pursue the allegation of molest made by 16 year old blogger, Amos Yee after the latter had made a public apology on the matter.

On Wednesday, Amos tempted reporters to turn up at Pasir Panjang MRT station in his facebook posting by saying that he would reveal information of how his former bailor, Mr Vincent Law allegedly molested him.

The press picked up his posting and reported extensively on the allegation against Mr Law.

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Amos Yee manipulated the newspapers

Amos Yee Shows Us How To Troll The Mainstream Media In 3 Steps

Yesterday (13 May), Amos Yee made a false in a Facebook post that he had was molested by Vincent Law, his bailor. Law is a family and youth counsellor. This happened less than a day after Amos was convicted and released on bail.

The claim was vehemently denied, and Amos’ lawyers themselves were taken by surprise. Mainstream media reporters however were quick to report on the baseless claims, without weighing the context of what he said or considering how it might hurt the integrity of the counsellor. Or using logic to work out that Amos was trying to troll them based on the context of his Facebook message.

We covered the news, but also expressed our disbelief that the claims were legitimate. Amos later clarified the claims were completely false.

The master troll apologises for his false allegations, all is forgiven
Dr Wijeysingha breaks silence over infamous Amos

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Amos Yee writes 6,000-word blog post explaining why he wants youth counsellor Vincent Law to lose his job


About 24 hours after Amos Yee posted a sarcastic appeal asking for forgiveness on Facebook on May 15, 2015, he has come out to explain that he was trolling yet again and was never “extremely remorseful” for his allegations of molest against his ex-bailor Vincent Law.

The lengthy blog post, clocking in at more than 6,000 words, supposedly presents the 16-year-old’s side of the story detailing his encounter with Law, a 51-year-old Christian youth counsellor — how they met (Answer: Via someone else’s recommendation), how Law ended up his bailor (Answer: Circumstances) and why he refused to adhere to the conditions of the bond (Answer: As a form of revenge on Law) — among other things that cannot be repeated here as they are potentially libellous.

However, according to Amos, the meeting between Law and him barely got off to a neutral start from the beginning and only went downhill from then on.

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Amos leads the MSM on a wild goose chase


The media had been taught an integrity lesson by Amos without even realising it, how pathetic? Count for yourselves how many baseless, false allegations were made against Amos and also the misquote on his mother filing a police report against him by the media? Not forgetting none of the journalists stepped forward to see if he was alright after being slapped by that cowardly trash.

So, still they have the audacity to approach Amos at his residence for more juicy news to sell their “toilet paper”? If you have read Amos’ FB post, I quote part of what he wrote:
“you are the mainstream media, you have the responsibility towards the general public to provide news, you deserve information, and regardless of the risk that you guys will misquote me, you deserve the truth”. 
Got that? “THE TRUTH”. Amos was pissed and disgusted by them for their lack of professionalism and integrity in doing their job, that is reporting without ascertaining or backed up with proof the piece of news or information is authentic thus misleading the public.

related: Amos Yee: I want to go to jail

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Amos Yee ‘extremely remorseful’ over molest allegations against bailor Vincent Law

Associated Press/Wong Maye-E - Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee, speaks to reporters while leaving the Subordinate Courts after being released on bail, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, in Singapore. Yee was found guilty of insulting Christians in a video monologue, and of distributing an obscene image of the country's founding father Lee Kuan Yew with former British leader Margaret Thatcher. The 16-year-old Yee faced three years in jail but instead will be put on probation. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Singapore teen blogger Amos Yee has said that he is “extremely remorseful” for the molest allegations that he made against his bailor, Vincent Law.

The sixteen-year-old first made the molest allegations against Law, a youth counsellor who posted the $20,000 bail for him last month, in a Facebook post on Wednesday — a day after he had been found guilty.

Yee then posted another entry later that same day, saying that the allegations were mere words and that “Vincent Law didn’t really molest me”.

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Amos Yee apologises for molest allegation against former bailor

16-year old blogger, Amos Yee has apologised for his molest allegation made on Wednesday afternoon, against Mr Vincent Law, a family and youth counsellor

At 1.30am on Friday, Amos published an apology to Mr Law on both his facebook account and fanpage,
“I am extremely remorseful for the turmoil that I have caused to Vincent and his family, for the allegations towards him that he molested me
I am currently tendering a long, and detailed public apology to Vincent and his family, for my horrid actions. And I implore him to give me about 3 days to finish preparing it, I am a slow writer.

I understand that Vincent is a Christian and preaches the tenant [sic] of forgiveness. So praise Jesus, our holy Christ, please offer me, a 2nd chance.”

Amos was found guilty of two charges on Tuesday, 12 May, by Judge Jasvender Kaur, of obscenity and wounding the feelings of Christians in a YouTube video criticising former prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

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Man jailed three weeks for slapping Amos Yee 'lost control'

Neo Gim Huah, a self-employed man, arriving at the State Courts on 11 May 2015. He was sentenced to three weeks jail for slapping teenage blogger Amos Yee Pang Sang on the left cheek, as Yee was walking alone to the State Courts on 30 April 2015. Neo was upset with the video uploaded by Yee which showed disrespect to founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew.

He had wanted to teach the teen blogger a lesson. Neo Gim Huah, 49, was offended by Amos Yee Pang Sang, 16, posting about Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew in his blog.

"I felt as if it was my relative being insulted," said Neo, who is self-employed and a father of three. He thought that slapping Yee would instil fear in the teen and "let him know what are the ways of the world".

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Amos Yee slapped: Police arrest 49-year-old man


Police have arrested a 49-year-old man in relation to the assault on Amos Yee outside the state courts yesterday (April 30).

The teenage blogger was on his way to a pre-trial conference yesterday afternoon when a middle-aged man slapped him and then taunted him to "sue me, come and sue me". The man then fled the scene.

In a statement today, the police said: "In response to media queries, the Police confirm that a 49-year-old man was arrested in relation to the case. Police investigations are ongoing."

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Teenage blogger Amos Yee found guilty of both charges


The court has found teenage blogger Amos Yee guilty of two charges: Posting an obscene image featuring late former leaders — former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher — and a video intended to hurt the religious feelings of Christians.

On the first charge, District Judge Jasvender Kaur found that Amos' blog would be read by teenagers, and was satisfied that this group would be corrupted by the image he had uploaded. On the second charge, the judge found that Amos had intended to wound the religious feelings of Christians and that the prosecution had proven this beyond reasonable doubt.

The prosecution sought counselling and probation for Amos for sentencing purposes, arguing that a fine and prison term would not be appropriate for him. But the defence said Amos did not want probabtion and was seeking a fine or a two-week jail term, given he has already spent 18 days in remand. Amos later agreed to undergo assessment for suitability for probation. Sentencing is expected to be on June 2.

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Amos verdict hits world news – Grace Fu unconcerned


Yesterday (12 May), it was reported that the court has found Amos Yee guilty of 2 charges – one for making offensive remarks against Christianity and the other for circulating an obscene imagery (‘Amos Yee: I want to go to jail‘). The 2 charges are under Section 298 and Section 292(1)(a) of the Penal Code respectively.
News of his conviction has since made world news:
Meanwhile, AP has reported that Minister Grace Fu is unperturbed by the international response to Amos’ case, especially with regard to the image of the 16-year-old blogger being shackled [Link]:
Grace Fu, Singapore’s second minister for foreign affairs, said she wasn’t concerned about the international response to the image of a teen shackled for speaking his mind online. “It’s not just any YouTube video. It crosses the red line on religion. But I think that Amos Yee is not doing himself or his family any favors,” she said. “How do you deal with a 16-year-old that is not able to comply with rules of society? It’s kind of a parent’s nightmare.”

related: In persecuting Amos, Singapore has lost its humanity 

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Amos Yee guilty verdict highlights free speech limits in Singapore


A court has convicted the teenage blogger for making offensive comments against Christianity and spreading obscene imagery - a case which spotlighted the limits of free expression in the city-state. Teenage blogger Amos Yee was found guilty by a Singapore court on Tuesday, May 12, of transmitting an obscene image and deliberately "wounding the religious or racial feelings of any person."

Yee was arrested and charged in March for posting on the Internet an obscene cartoon of former UK PM Margaret Thatcher and Singapore's founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew just days after Lee's death. He also released an eight-minute video on YouTube in which he criticized the late former PM Lee and compared him to Jesus Christ. He then referred to both of them as "power-hungry and malicious."

During last week's trial, the teenager pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The court, however, rejected Yee's defense that he did not intend to insult Christians. Although Yee faced up to three years in prison, the judge allowed the 16-year-old to be put on probation.

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Amos Yee: YouTube Star, Teen-Ager, Dissident 

The most winsome political dissident you’ve never heard of, Amos Yee, is a Singaporean, a YouTube personality, and an activist who takes his cause more seriously than he takes himself. He has hair like a haystack in late afternoon and the nervous timing of a standup nebbish. He curses as imaginatively as a Scotsman in an Iannucci script, and, despite his perfect vision, he wears glasses on camera, for style. He’s a humanist—a close student of street idiom and indie film—but he has a data wonk’s appreciation for comparative statistics and a wariness of received wisdom. On concerns such as gay rights, income inequality, and free speech, he’s outspoken on the right side of history. He is seventeen years old.

He is also, in his home of Singapore, an alleged criminal for what he’s said. On Friday, March 27th, Yee uploaded a video that criticized Lee Kuan Yew, the recently deceased founding father of postwar Singapore, and also took a swipe at organized Christianity. By the following Monday, after formal complaints from some fellow Singaporeans, Yee had been arrested under Section 298 of the country’s penal code, which forbids the uttering of words that might hurt the religious feelings of any person, and the Protection from Harassment Act, a recent law ostensibly set up to guard against cyberbullying.

His blog, where he had posted an illustration of Lee and Margaret Thatcher in flagrante, was censored; it earned Yee an obscenity charge under Penal Code Section 292. He was released on a bail of twenty thousand Singapore dollars, and is currently awaiting hearings. He has been ordered not to post anything more online. If he’s found guilty, he could face a fine of five thousand Singapore dollars and three years in prison.

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Full coverage:
ST: Amos Yee makes fun of former bailor despite promise to apologise for false claim
Star Online:Amos 'extremely remorseful' to bailor Vincent Law for allegations of molest
Straits Times:Amos Yee "extremely remorseful" to bailor for allegations of molest
AsiaOne: Counsellor demands 'unreserved apology' from Amos Yee
Straits Times: Amos's bailor Vincent demands 'unreserved apology' for molestation
Star Online: Amos Yee's bailor demands 'unreserved apology' for molestation claim
Free Malaysia Today: Give me 3 days to pen apology, Amos begs
Online Citizen: Amos' Yee former bailor accepts apology for molest allegation
Yahoo: Amos 'extremely remorseful' over molest allegations against bailor Vincent
Online Citizen: Amos Yee apologises for molest allegation against former bailor
Free Malaysia Today: Amos' former bailor demands 'unreserved apology'
Online Citizen: Amos Yee, giving child molestation victims a bad name
Yahoo: The Curious Case Of Amos Yee And Vincent Law
Star Online: It's best to leave teen blogger alone, says former bailor
Free Malaysia: Vincent Law's son defends father from Amos

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