Teenage blogger Amos Yee faces 8 new charges

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SINGAPORE: Teenage blogger Amos Yee, who was jailed last year for making offensive remarks against Christianity and posting obscene images online, is now in trouble for targeting Muslims.

The 17-year-old is facing eight new charges today. He was arrested on May 11 and released on bail of S$5,000 (RM14,809).

Five of the charges are for allegedly wounding the religious feelings of Muslims, and one for allegedly wounding the religious feelings of Christians, Channel News Asia reported.

The other two charges are for allegedly failing to show up at Jurong Police Division on two occasions, despite a notice from Assistant Superintendent of Police Doreen Chong and a magistrate’s order to do so. These charges are under Section 174 of the Penal Code.

If convicted of deliberately wounding the religious feelings of others, Yee faces up to three years’ jail and a fine. He also faces up to a month’s jail and a fine of up to S$1,500 for failing to report to the Jurong Police Division despite an order, the report said.

Meanwhile, The Independent of Singapore reports that if Amos had hoped to cause outrage among the Muslim community with the video, he has been proved wrong.

It said, judging from the comments found on Facebook posts, the exact opposite was happening. Most Muslims see him as a mere attention seeker,

Posting some of the Facebook comments, the report said: “The Muslims here do not view it as an attack from the Chinese majority. They pity the mother, and don’t blame her for his waywardness. They have reported Amos to the authorities instead of taking matters into their own hands. And most importantly the Muslim community forgave him.”