The mother of Singaporean teen blogger Amos Yee has revealed that her son has been missing for three months. In a Facebook post written yesterday, Mary Toh said she hadn’t seen Amos since December 12, and pleaded for information on his whereabouts.
In her post, Toh said that the day before her 17-year-old son’s disappearance, police handed him a letter telling him that he was under investigation for his religious comments.
However, Toh believed her son had been arrested due to his political views. “We all know that Amos was arrested not because he offended religious groups, but for political reasons, for making fun of Lee Kuan Yew just after he had died.
“After Amos was released from jail, he continued to make videos condemning the PAP government which became very popular. Saying that Amos had offended Islam was just another excuse to arrest and silence him,” she wrote.
Yee was earlier found guilty of two criminal charges.
He was convicted for offending religious groups with a video posted after Lee’s death last March. In the clip, Amos likened Singapore’s first prime minister to Jesus in an expletive-laden monologue.
He was also found guilty of circulating obscene content – a graphic cartoon involving Lee and late British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
He was sentenced to four weeks in jail starting from May 12. He was also sent to a mental health institution after his conviction.
His imprisonment sparked a hot debate among Singaporeans.
His mother expressed concern over her son’s wellbeing, as he “has never been good at handling money” and “doesn’t have life skills”. Though she did not ask directly for donations from his supporters, she provided his bank account and PayPal details.