Hanging offenders with low IQ – where is mercy?

MohammadIt was nothing but a blip in the news cycle here.

39-year old man hanged for a vicious murder of a 69-year old woman.

He had stabbed her more than 110 times during a robbery in her flat 10 years ago, in 2005.

His brother was also arrested and sentenced to death for being accomplice to the crime – but he was later found not guilty and was released.

It all looks like any other “normal” case of murder – until you realise that the man in question, Mohammad bin Kadar, has an IQ of just 76, which is below average for an ordinary person.

He had appealed his sentence but it was rejected by the appeals court.

His petition for presidential clemency was also rejected by President Tony Tan.

And so, on early Friday morning, 17 April 2015, Mohammad was finally hanged in Changi Prison. Continue reading “Hanging offenders with low IQ – where is mercy?”

Why did newspaper reject SKM’s statement on Amos Yee?

There are several troubling things about the way our local mainstream media is reporting the Amos Yee case.

First, there was the false impression given by a Straits Times report that Amos Yee’s mother had made a police report against her son.

The Straits Times had reported:

“A teenager who is in police custody for posting a video online that insulted Christianity and attacked Mr Lee Kuan Yew has been declared by his mother to be beyond her control.

“A reliable source told The Straits Times Amos Yee’s mother has made a police report to that effect.”

But as Amos’ mother told The Online Citizen (TOC), the report gave the wrong impression that somehow she was not getting along with her son, or that she wanted the police to do something to her son.

“I did not file a police report to have my son arrested,” Amos’ mother told TOC plainly.

By the way, Amos’ mother has been with her son at every court appearance, even visiting him when he was in remand.

Notice how it was the so-called alternative media (TOC) which clarified the truth of the matter.

And then there is the utter silence in the mainstream media of the vicious and vulgar threats made against Amos Yee, including one by a grassroots leader and a pro-PAP Facebook page.

There is absolutely nothing about these threats in the mainstream media. Continue reading “Why did newspaper reject SKM’s statement on Amos Yee?”

Amos Yee and the intolerance of the hysterical minority

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Christians are offended? Really?

Vincent Law, a family and youth counsellor, has stepped forward and bailed out 16-year old Amos Yee on Tuesday.

Yee was being held by the authorities because no one had posted the S$20,000 bail for him over the weekend.

He had been in remand for 4 days, and is being charged for three alleged offences which are (quoting local news reports):

  • Allegedly causing matter to be seen and heard by five victims by creating a video clip containing remarks against Christianity with the deliberate intention of wounding the feelings of Christians.
  • Allegedly transmitting electronically an image showing obscene figures, believed to be a cartoon or caricature of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Mr Lee in an unflattering sexual depiction.
  • Allegedly making an insulting video clip online containing remarks about Mr Lee which was intended to be heard and seen by persons likely to be distressed by the same.

As his case is before the courts, I shall not delve into it specifically.

Instead, my concern is a wider one of how the government decide what is allowable and what is not, in the area of things which are deemed to be sensitive for some religions and their adherents. Continue reading “Amos Yee and the intolerance of the hysterical minority”