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Amos Yee’s Mom’s Heartbreaking Apology: “Sorry Son. Mummy is Wrong.”

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As Amos Yee spends his second week in the Institute of Mental Health, his mother, Mary Toh, has posted a gut-wrenching post on Facebook, apologising for her supposed misdeeds.

This comes after the 16-year-old was removed from Changi Prison and sent to the mental hospital following a doctor’s report that he might be suffering from autism-spectrum disorder.

The doctor was inspecting Amos to determine whether he was suitable to be sent for reformative training – punishment recommended by prosecutors after he was found guilty of circulating obscene imagery, and wounding religious feelings in a March video criticising Lee Kuan Yew and Christianity.

This is Mdm Mary Toh’s Facebook post in full:

“Sorry Son.
Sorry for telling you that you are in the safest country. You are feeling so insecure and scared now.
Sorry for urging you to be a law-abiding citizen. The laws are doing you more harm than good now.
Sorry for assuring you that you will be well-protected. You are being threatened and ill-treated now.
Sorry for saying that our government provides us the best welfare. You are not even allowed to sleep at home now.
Sorry for telling you that home is best. It is where you were arrested from.
Sorry for encouraging you to be creative and expressive. You are regarded as crazy and rebellious instead.
Sorry for not teaching you well. You could have been taught otherwise.
Sorry Son. Mummy is wrong.”

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. Niven Leong

    June 29, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    For the fact you wrote this, blaming everyone, everything else, you ought to be sorry…..really sorry

    • Edkin

      June 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Seems like you have reading difficulty. Where is the blame to others? A mother is blaming herself for her “mis-leading” education that made her son eventually in jail for posting a clip in youtube.
      Ha.
      Everythings she mentioned are facts, and if you are not comfortable for that (and you should), ask yourself why such facts are so distrubting to most people in the developed world.
      Bet you will have a lots of people agree with you in Mainland China n North Korea.
      Be nice to your mom, kid.

    • Kasper

      June 30, 2015 at 12:44 pm

      You heartless demon… In support of a majority who feel it’s right to jail a kid for being only verbally offensive… 3rd world thinking.

    • Antares

      June 30, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      Niven, let’s hope we never find ourselves sitting next to each other on a long flight. Methinks you’re completely ruled by your left brain & disconnected from your heart. By way of feedback, if you become aware of this imbalance, you can easily rectify it & spare your family the trauma of an untimely heart attack.

    • Sherin

      June 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Hey be kind.

    • HC

      July 1, 2015 at 10:36 am

      You ought to be the one who is sorry for that comment of yours. She was accurate in her comment, how despite being in the safest country that kid’s action was condemned by so many people who even verbally threatened him, for how the laws were so harsh on amos yet these people who verbally abuse him could get away with it. The laws that are suppose to keep everyone safe was only harming amos and protecting those people who uses the net to bully him. You dont have to agree with me, you could even disagree, but please grow up and learn to distinguish comments that are blaming everyone or self regret

  2. liang seh cheng

    June 30, 2015 at 3:04 am

    all for good where there is nothing wrong or right, the offended party just need in desperation for respect and nothing else. virtual education is the best, as others are not necessary, thanks for some help in this feedback.

  3. b.fish

    June 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

    On the photos he seemed enjoying himself a lot. Maybe there is no need to feel sorry for whatever happened. Rather, why not feel sorry for not aware he might be suffering from the disorder for 16 years?

  4. cal yeo

    June 30, 2015 at 11:50 am

    like mother like son..so media attention seeking

  5. Anonymous

    June 30, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    可怜天下父母心
    儿子犯了错,要为儿子奔波受罪不止,还要担心儿子这边,担心儿子那边
    无论如何儿子犯了错就要受罚,而不是一味地帮儿子掩护,到犯下滔天大罪的时候才来后悔
    小时候听过一个故事,小孩偷小东西母亲没制止,小孩长大了犯的罪越变越大,最后被抓受罚前咬了母亲的耳朵,责怪母亲没教他分辨对错,最终害了他
    现代父母过度溺爱孩子,最终只会害了他们
    创意没错,但是不能为了表达自己的”创意”而去伤害别人
    言论自由没错,但必须对自己的言论负责,而不是等被逮捕了,才缩在角落让自己的父母去挡罪
    学习如何长大自己去承受自己犯下的过错吧,别再让父母操心了,十六岁不小了
    希望这次教训可以教会他如何尊重别人,而不是一味通过攻击羞辱的言论来表达自己的观点了

  6. henry lai

    June 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Niven,

    I guess you are living Singapore. Well, stay there, this country is good for morons like you. Better still, why not move to China? You are such a heartless law binding creature you will definitely find these parenting countries most suitable for you, you don’t have to think and, hell you don’t even need a brain there

  7. john

    June 30, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    So surprised that you didn’t know about it till now.

  8. Eugene

    June 30, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I can’t see any sorry in it.. the law abiding is not abiding at all.. like mother like son

  9. Sam

    June 30, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Made me cry alittle

  10. Jiuhwei

    July 1, 2015 at 1:28 am

    So the mother was the crazy one all along!

  11. James Lah

    July 1, 2015 at 2:56 am

    @niven leong – it is called Free Speach LAH. SORRY that you have been so brain washed by your power hungry and controlling government. Singaporeans have become more and more like robots – thanks to Amos Yee, at least there are still a few REAL human there.

  12. Venus

    July 1, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Only the 2nd last sentence is correct. No wonder Amos is such an inculcitrant! Trying to feign mental or get diagnosed with anything psychiatric in order to escape his deserved punishment? His mum deserves a son like Amos, like mother like son.

  13. JC

    July 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Singapore is just a pathetic country, just a little mini micro China that is probably worse than China. At least China has the courage to admit that they don’t have freedom of speech. Singapore is just a little terrible “country” that has dictatorship and is pretending to be a democratic country. Pathetic really, it should be wiped out.

  14. butIsok

    July 2, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    actually the church should come out and assure all what beanhead yee said though dumb but forgivable. They simply have to practice what the bible preaches and be Christ-like. Jesus is always forgiving to many people he met along the way-he doesn’t condemn them. He always say “go my child…bla bla bla” . Also what beanhead does not constitute near any crime in the US and etc etc etc. good grief…He has to learn to respect others, people and religion. Have u learned your lesson ah-yee zhai?

  15. weIsbut

    July 2, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    BTW beanhead yee’s mom-wat u did was real dumb. Do what u hafto to get your dumb kid out if u really feel his pain. I guess not, or u won’t have done the dumb deed.

  16. JC

    August 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Freedom of expression is one thing, but the way Amos works is a clear sign that he needs help.

    He accused the person who bailed him for molesting him. And some time later said it was just a joke. In many cases this could be viewed as defamation. There are limits to what you can say and what you can’t.

    I don’t believe that his actions warrants the attention or pity he is receiving.

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