Tuesday, March 31, 2015

No freedom of speech in Singapore

Lee Kuan Yew is dead, but his legacy of oppression lives on:

A teenage boy who posted a video describing late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew as a “horrible person” has been arrested by Singapore police.

YouTube blogger Amos Yee uploaded the eight-minute video, called ‘Lee Kuan Yew Is Finally Dead!’ on 27 March.

Police have confirmed that a 17-year-old male Singaporean has been arrested.

In the video, the teenager said: “Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person, because everyone is scared.

“Everyone is afraid if they say something like that, they might get into trouble…which, give Lee Kuan Yew credit, that was primarily the impact of his legacy.

“But I’m not afraid.”

And for that, he's now facing up to two years in jail for criminal defamation, plus three years for (of course) sedition. Because apparently you can't have people publicly criticising even former leaders. That would be democratic.