Amos Yee: The boy who got into trouble because of the internet

Amos Yee reminded me of a scene from The Sound of Music, where the nuns sing, How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

Unsuitable for the nun’s life, Maria, played by Julie Andrews, found happiness with the rich Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). Amos’s life has taken a grimmer turn. Only 16 years old, he has been found guilty of uploading an obscene image depicting Lee Kuan Yew with Margaret Thatcher, who admired him, and making remarks intended to hurt the feelings of Christians.

However, the prosecution has sought counselling and probation for the boy, not a jail sentence or a fine, because he is young.

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Even the heavens wept for Lee Kuan Yew

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Even the heavens wept, with the rain coming down on Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral. That couldn’t prevent people from pouring out on the streets to pay their respects to the departed leader.  “Lee Kuan Yew! Lew Kuan Yew!” the crowd chanted in thunderous ovation to the founder of the nation. Vindication or nostalgia, it had to be one or the other that surged forth in this vast outpouring of affection.Continue Reading


Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew

Singaporeans mourning the death of Lee Kuan Yew should not pay any attention to a few Western commentators carping about him. He was admired at home and abroad. World leaders have been paying their respects to him. And if there is any doubt about how attractive Singapore is, consider this.  In no rich country does foreign direct investment (FDI) make up a bigger share of the economy than in Singapore, if we leave aside Hong Kong and Luxembourg.Continue Reading

The legacy of Lee Kuan Yew

Lee Kuan Yew
Lee Kuan Yew

It’s the end of an era in Singapore. Lee Kuan Yew died at 3.18 am today at the Singapore General Hospital, where he had been warded for severe pneumonia for more than a month. He was 91.

Singapore today lost not only its first prime minister, but also the man who personified exceptionalism.

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Behind the success of Singapore universities

Congratulations, Nanyang Technological University. NTU is now No 1 among all the universities in the world that are less than 50 years old, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. The question now: Will the university have more Singaporean postgraduates?

  “It can be difficult to encourage Singaporeans to choose the academic path. At Nanyang, for example, just 30 per cent of the postgraduates are locals,” David Matthews wrote in the Times Higher Education (THE) in November last year.

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