While many Singaporeans were left in tears and braved torrential rains to pay final respects to their founding father Lee Kuan Yew, a teenager did not hesitate to vent out his diatribe against the country’s first prime minister and posted a video laced with expletives.
Lee, who is credited with transforming Singapore from an ex-British colony port city to a financial powerhouse, was cremated on Sunday after a state funeral and over one lakh people lined up to pay their final respects to Lee during the funeral procession, despite heavy downpour.
16-year-old Amos Yee was on Tuesday arrested and charged with three charges, including obscenity and hurting religious or racial feelings after he posted an eight-minute video on YouTube, condemning Lee and his supporters, also comparing him to “Jesus”, besides uttering anti-Christianity remarks.
The teen had also posted a graphic and derogatory cartoon of Lee along with Margaret Thatcher of Britain.
Outside the courtroom, the teen’s father told reporters that he was very sorry.
“I would like to take this opportunity to say very sorry to PM Lee,” said the teen’s father.
However, the teenager boy was apparently without a speck of regret as he was reportedly seen smirking while the charges were being read against him.
Donning a black t-shirt and beige pants, the teenager, who was released on S$20,000 bail, was seen flashing the smirk all along as he walked out of the State Courts along with his mother. He smiled and waved to the reporters as he came out of the court.
The judge has ordered the teenager to refrain from making any social media postings while the case is sub-judice.
The next hearing is scheduled for April 17.
In the video, the teen is seen launching a blistering verbal onslaught on the late founding father of the country, calling him a “horrible and awful” leader who was a “dictator” but “be-fooled the world into believing that he was democratic”.
In a fierce tirade, the teen has also spouted a mouthful of expletives directed at Lee Kuan Yew, and also condemned all those parents who told their children about Lee’s contributions to Singapore.
“Most people in Singapore are struggling to make their ends meet… we work the longest hour in the world. We are the richest country in the world but we have one of the highest income inequalities and one of the highest poverty rates,” says the teen in the video.
Later he compares Lee to ‘Jesus’ Christ, and also made offensive remarks against the Christians.
“I am going to compare him with someone that people haven`t really mentioned before — Jesus,” Yee said.
“They are both power-hungry and malicious but deceive others into thinking they are compassionate and kind,” he added.