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Amos Yee’s arrests show S’pore’s commitment to light-touch Internet approach

Posted on 29 April 2017

He could have been banished to an off-shore island.


Emphasisng the need not to resort to draconian methods as violent punishment, authorities said they would maintain a light-touch regulatory approach to governing the Internet in Singapore by continuing to cane and put in prison those whose online behaviour violates social norms.

Saying how they would refrain from using a wide array of other more violent sanctions, such as cutting off hands, tongues and ears, as such acts of barbarity will not be condoned publicly, Singapore’s choice of detention and imprisonment is the most humane method of reforming those who cross the line.

Singaporeans from all walks of life said they agree with Singapore’s light-touch approach as it will cast the country in a good light internationally.

One Singaporean, Shang Fa Ting, said: “Singapore’s light-touch approach is clearly manifested in the Amos Yee case. He could have been banished to an off-shore island, locked up and the key thrown away.”

“Or he could have been summarily executed without the hassle of a public trial.”

“But all we’re seeing is him being arrested and charged in court twice. He could have had it much worse.”







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