SINGAPORE – Amos Yee, infamous for his unlawful comments against religions and the Singaporean government, barged into NSCRRH with a strut and a shocking introduction, demanding to be applauded and recognized.
The infamous teenager, fresh from his US political asylum grant, returned to the country that caused him to flee in the first place, and made it a point to make sure the delegates of OPMUN knew of the injustice he suffered. After spending five minutes to reiterate his firm belief in the close-mindedness and oversensitivity the Singaporean government, and how they refused to listen to public opinion, questions were opened to the floor and delegates representing various committees and ministries attempted to question the teen’s actions.
A delegate questioned him on how advocating child pornography and insulting religions would help Singaporean society, to which he vehemently replied – “They’re just personal opinions to raise awareness, they aren’t insults.” This was a stance he stood by firmly throughout the questions thrown at him. Another question posed by the delegates was whether he understood the difference between positive and negative change, and whether he knew that his impact was rather negative. Mr. Yee insisted that as he was exposing Singaporeans to a public opinion, his impact was positive.
Mr. Yee also expressed that his preference using YouTube as a platform for his opinions as more people would be able to hear his thoughts, which would be “more beneficial”.
To wrap up the session, when questioned by another delegate as to whether he has considered softer methods of expression, he simply replied, “How soft do you want me to go?”
The teenager’s actions provide us with the big question: Which is really more beneficial to society – the strict regulations of censorship or the dangers lurking behind freedom of speech?