Amos Yee

Amos Yee created a video to insult Mr Lee Kuan Yew, our founding father.

It contained words that were uncalled for, including religious terms and obscene words.

He couldn’t have picked a worst time to do it, especially during our nation’s mourning period.

Quite clearly, he must be hoping that it would go viral. It would attract eyeballs to him and his blog.

That’s why I was hoping that nobody would watch and share his video. We should not encourage such untoward behavior.

If increasing number of eyeballs was the goal, he achieved it.

However, he attracted the wrong crowd. He has drawn a lot of unnecessary attention to himself and his parents.

The police might investigate the rising complaints about his action.

He could be punished in accordance with the laws.

At the end of the day, his action might also affect his career and future endeavor.

I could not understand why Amos, a young and educated man would choose to commit such a senseless act.

It would be such a pity if his life got flushed down the sewage pipe of life because of one foolish mistake.

As a beneficiary of Mr Lee Kuan Yew’s nation-building achievement, my first instinct was to wish the worst for him, hoping that he would be punished to the fullest extent of the laws.

The punishment should be strong enough so that it would be a deterrent to him and others who might be thinking of committing a similar action.

However, as Amos’ foolish posting started to become viral, I began to pity him. It generated many strong responses, some of which were literally calling for his blood.

On reflection, I ask myself, if netizens take it upon themselves to punish him, will it cross the line and destroy a young man’s life and quite possibly, the lives of people who love him?

Besides administering charges in a courts of law, are there any other ways to help him?

What will be an ideal outcome? That Amos learn his lesson, change his ways, and use his talents for a greater good?

How can the Authorities and Amos’ parents and friends encourage him to seek help?

I’m confident that there are many kind souls out there who are willing to help him.

I for one am more than happy to share some life skills with him to get him started on how to live and do well.

As a volunteer in youth work for a total of 20 years, I believe in the ideals, talents and energies of our young people. I believe that they have tremendous potential to change the world.

I’ve always said that youth work is adult work.

I was told that “If we don’t win young people’s hearts today, they will break ours tomorrow.”

If we don’t shape them properly today, they will not be able to shape a better world and future for all of us.

I feel that Amos crafted the video based on his perspective of life and obviously it is a limited and wrong one.

I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that he has been misled by lies, half-truths, and misinformation on the Net and nobody has shed light on the truths to him.

It is also clear, after reading his blogpost, that he has been struggling with psychological issues, including anger and relational problems.

I like to believe that he did what he did at the spur of the moment.

For all the above reasons, I will not cast a proverbial stone on him. No, I do not have the rights, nor the inclination to want to do it.

I like to appeal to one and all to empathize with this young man.

In the same way that all of us have been guilty of struggling with shadows in our life and other shortcomings, let’s extend sympathy and graciousness to him.

I’m sure if we make a mistake, we would want others to give us the space to change and improve.

I hope that we will find something within ourselves to forgive Amos and pray for and help him find a better path in life.


About Patrick Liew
About Patrick Liew Patrick Liew MBA, MSc, BSc is the Managing Partner of Global Enterprise Exchange Pte. Ltd.. He is also the founder and director of Success Resources, arguably the world’s largest personal development seminar organiser and a major shareholder of a company, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. He was previously the Executive Chairman and CEO of HSR Global Ltd., a publicly listed company on SGX-ST. Previously, he was the regional director of the Gartner Group, providing strategic advisory and planning services to governments, banks and MNCs. He was also the regional head of sales and marketing operation for Dow Jones Telerate. Patrick graduated with a BSc in Estate Management from Heriot Watt University, an MSc with emphasis in global business and marketing from The City University Of New York, and an MBA from Henley Business School / Brunel University. He has also earned more than nine other professional qualifications. Patrick is arguably the first person to develop a multimedia e-learning programme on entrepreneurship. He authored a Chinese book on business systems and was also the co-author of a Times Bookshop best-selling book. Patrick has conducted both ‘brick and mortar’ and online lessons for participants from more than 60 countries. He has also conducted keynote presentations in many international conferences, including being the first Singaporean to teach at the National Association of Realtors. Through his team at Success Resources, Patrick has organised educational conferences for prominent leaders such as President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Robert Kiyosaki, Donald Trump, and many other prominent leaders. Patrick provides leadership and advisory services to many professional and charity organisations. He is actively involved in supporting humanitarian, philanthropic and charity causes. He has organised three fund-raising events and in the process, help to set three national records in the Singapore Books Of Records. Patrick won the Entrepreneur Of the Year Award For Social Contribution, the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award, and six other business awards. Patrick believes the best way to live your life is to live your life for others. The more you reach out to bless other lives, the richer and better your life will become. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A Personal Note to my Friends The articles that I post online; or what I term as Love Notes, are written with the purpose of inspiring readers to live at a higher plane in life. They are also meant to motivate those who are struggling in life and help them find handlers to overcome their conflicts and challenges. It is my ardent hope that we will form networks and alliances of like-minded people who will put to right many of the wrongs in our midst. Together, we will leverage on each other's resources and create a synergistic impact in making our world a better home. These articles are written as part of regular reflection about the vicissitudes of life. They are at best work in progress and at worst, grumblings, grouses, and gripings of a finite old man. I have deliberately decided NOT to delete many of the articles and pointers that I may not agree with or are outrightly wrong. This is to keep a record of how my personal ideas, beliefs, and values have evolved over time. In addition, I hope to encourage readers by letting them know that I also make mistakes and am struggling with many of the complexity and complication in life. As long as we hang on to hope and work on finding a solution, there will be light at the end of whatever tunnel we are in. I do not pretend to know everything or for that matter, anything of substance. In fact, the more I study, learn, and think about the vast wisdom and knowledge out there, the more I realised how little I know about life and the ways of life. Hence, I have always ended my article by asking readers to continue to teach me. For I, too, am a sojourner in the exploration of truth and the adventure of finding meaning, purpose, and significance for my existence. I am proud of and make no apology for being a Christian, albeit not the most exemplary one. I believe our Creator can lead and guide us to be the best that we can ever be. I bear full responsibility for the shortcoming and error in my life, including my words. The fault is entirely mine and not due to anyone else. Readers have and can exercise the power of choice. They can discard what will not work for them and adopt those that can propel them further and faster in the pursuit of better performance, outcomes, and fulfillment. If I have disappointed or hurt you in any way, form, or manner, I would like to apologise to you. Please do not hold them against me or whoever or whatever is related to me. There are much to pray about, learn, and do. And I'll work on them with a sense of urgency. I hold on to the belief that 'Anything worth doing is worth doing with passion and excellence'. I'll endeavour to live by it. Life is short. There's no dress rehearsal and neither can we turn back the clock to change the drama of life. Therefore, by the grace and power of our Creator, let's live a full life and live it to the fullest. May God bless you abundantly on the journey of life. Your online servant, Patrick Liew I hope this message will find a place in your heart. By the way, I have also recorded other reflections. Please 'Like' me on Visit my Inspiration blog at For my opinions on social affairs, please visit my Transformation blog at Please visit my website, Please read my reflection and continue to teach me. 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