Are a parent? If you are, you are more likely to emphatise with these short notes posted by a Singapore mum reproduced at the end of this post. But even if you are not, whether you are in your teens or late into your twilight years, you will also feel the heartbeat of a mother whose 16 (maybe 17 now) year old son was sent to prison for reasons that no sane people will comprehend. This is the story of a young (hyperactive) teenager ranting at the late Lee Kuan Yew, the once highly revered Prime Minister of the tiny state. That was his only “crime”.
Amos Yee became “famous” after his notorious and “obscene” rants in his creative Youtube video (watch here). The video was published during the mourning period of the late Minister (see related post, link here). You may rightfully pass judgment on his rant. Suffice to say that it was indeed vulgar in his presentation. But there were also thoughtful insights from this young boy about the state of affairs in Singapore. Not many Singapore teens have that sort of insights. Anyway, the full powers of the state came upon him and he was arrested and remanded in prison. By now he must have been in prison for some 100 days (since Lee passed on). The political cronies are now busy preparing an eternal memorial for Lee while Amos rots in prison.
As his mother, what would you do? She has no power to confront the powers of the state. Judging by previous articles about this family, Amos mother was probably once an ardent supporter of the government. Hence, there was a deep rift between her ideology and her son. But, having seen how the state can “destroy” her son, she seems to have regretted deeply for her misguided beliefs. Finally, the dear mother awakes to the reality of unbridled political power. This is her heart wrenching post (taken from Statstimesreview.com):
Sorry for telling you that you are in the safest country. You are feeling so insecure and scared now.
Sorry for urging you to be a law-abiding citizen. The laws are doing you more harm than good now.
Sorry for assuring you that you will be well-protected. You are being threatened and ill-treated now.
Sorry for saying that our government provides us the best welfare. You are not even allowed to sleep at home now.
Sorry for telling you that home is best. It is where you were arrested from.
Sorry for encouraging you to be creative and expressive. You are regarded as crazy and rebellious instead.
Sorry for not teaching you well. You could have been taught otherwise.
Sorry Son. Mummy is wrong.
This echoes the kind of grief of the Father when His Son was crucified not for wrong doing, but for righteous indignation.
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.