Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Voice of Conscience

Andrew Loh expressed frustration and disappointment that no MP, be it PAP or WP has made any comment on the torture, unfair treatment or cruel inhumane vindictive political persecution of AMOS.

I would like to share with him and all here why this is so. I was persuaded by many well meaning supporters and close associates not to comment or get involved in this Amos saga simply because they opined that I will lose support and votes from Singaporeans who may be either opposition supporters or middle ground voters.

Why so? Amos is seen as a rude and ungrateful spoilt brat by many Singaporeans and many of them hold the view that "he needs to be taught a good lesson " or "he deserves it".

It is indeed sad that our society and Nation at large has lost the sense of appropriateness, conscience, Rule of Law and human decency just because many of us are overwhelmed by disgust, annoyance, hatred or simply apathy.

Such common thinking resulted in a literal MOB RULE mindset in which these people would just want HARSH punishment towards spoilt brat Amos, disregarding whether what he has done warrant any criminal charges or imprisonment or worse, sending to IMH or 18 months of reformative centre detention... They might have wished Amos to be locked away with keys thrown away if they could!

The vindictive PAP Government feeds on such irrational sentiments of Mob Rule thinking and thus we ended up with a gungho aggressive AGC trying all administrative means to punish Amos in any ways they can, going into extremes in their vindictive political persecution of a 16 year old boy. They have totally Forgotten their role as legal officers is to uphold Rule of Law and not some political persecution of their masters.

And the sad thing is, most Singaporeans have stood by watching silently, condoning such vindictively cruel, inhumane and insanely disproportionate brutal assault on a 16 year old boy. Some have even cheered, clapped and urge the authority on such act!

Amos is not the one who is mentally sick. These people are the ones who are mentally sick.
The sad thing is that apart from a few politicians, most have lost their voice of conscience. They chose to keep quiet for fear of losing votes from the irrational Mob!

Personally I have received several private messages from supposedly opposition supporters who chastised me for taking part in the Protest against PAP Government's vindictive, inhumane and cruel political persecution and said Amos deserves it and I will lose support by fighting for him! Some have even openly attacked me as TRAITOR just because I participated in the protest held by foreigners, forgetting that it is human decency and pure conscience of Rule of Law which I am standing for.

These people view that a spoilt brat like Amos is more disgusting than a regime which will go all out to persecute a 16 year old with such extreme cruel and inhumane means!

A spoilt brat like Amos could do no big harm to anyone except annoying many people. What he deserves is just zero attention from all of us. But a Government which will break all backs to seek all possible administrative means, even trespassing the rule of law just to persecute Amos will do more harm to our nation!

It has destroyed Rule of Law, instilled fear which curtailed free speech and worse, destroyed trust in our legal system!

Instead of taking the stance to stop all these nonsense from such fanatical move by PAP Government to extract maximum punishment from a naive and ignorant spoilt brat, both PAP and opposition MPs have chosen to remain silent.

Instead of taking the lead to show leadership in putting sense and reasons into people's mind of proper balance and moderation, they decided to allow PAP Government to feed on and perpetuated Mob Rule!

Instead of standing up and be opinion makers and leaders, they have chosen to hide cowardly behind perceived safety of populist Mob mentality.

This is the sorry state of affairs in Singapore, so much so that foreign observers and activists have to wonder what has happened to our country whereby those who are supposed to fight for the well being and rights of the people, suppose to be leaders of the people, have become enslaved by that little ballot box!

I know I am going to be attacked by many people again for making this post but heck it. If I have to lose my voice of conscience in exchange for enough votes to win Elections, then I would rather not have such support and prepared not to win Elections. I would rather keep my soul and conscience intact than go into parliament with an empty heart.

Goh  Meng Seng


Yeon Keeon said...

GMS, whatever your alternatives propaganda or ideas, please make sure you can convince and "sell" to public. We are in a democratic country. We will vote correctly. Not what you think that we are mentally sick or spoilt brat voters!

For Amos case, not we are silent, we think it is best to rest the case as low profile as possible for the future sake of Amos.
We are not like those unscrupulous politicians who are trying to make use this Amos to score his political points and agenda!

Admin said...

Yeon Keeon,

Thank you for your note.

Whether you view this as "unscrupulous politicians who are trying to make use this Amos to score his political points and agenda" is really irrelevant. The truth is, without the concerted efforts of many people, including your so call "unscrupulous politicians", Amos would have landed up with 18 months of his life in the Reformative centre which is meant for young hardcore criminals.

You justification here is just like saying you would keep quiet when you see someone kena raped because you want it to be done quickly so that it seems nothing has happened! That is really totally unacceptable!

Goh Meng Seng

Anonymous said...

I am in support of Mr.Goh's voice for the treatment given to the teen though his mistimed video and behaviour which could be more than a 16-year-old, are not necessary. It is his action many of us cannot agree but not him as a person to whom excessive punishments were given.

It is a shame of WP to keep silence on this matter, we are not asking WP to support Amos but about the action taken by the authority. It is a real shame that we need international human groups to stand for the disapprove of the way the authority is acting upon the youth. For those who are in support of the punishment, if one day their child behaves like Amos and receives same treatment, would they be the same as they are now.

Amos has a long time to grow, he will be in the NS, he will have to pursue further study, he will have to work... He will be mature than who he is now. One day he will reflect on what he did as kid and hope he can be transformed to be of use to the society.

Even with a small group of people at the HLP for freeing Amos, I admire the Christian pastor who stood up to speak on the issue. His religion hates sin but loves sinner. That has triggered a lot of thoughts and what we need to see the government on how it rules the country. Many of us read the fable of the sun and the wind to get the man to remove his clothing. Objective can be achieved in a tender way, more convincing and kind.