No tolerating uncivilised behaviour

I have not read Amos Yee's blog, neither have I read any of the vitriolic comments by offended individuals ("Vitriol from 'offended' individuals a concern" by Mr Paul Tobin of the Humanist Society (Singapore); last Friday).

But if what Mr Tobin said is true - if the comments were "obscene, threatening, abusive or insulting in nature" - then, such people should also be taken to task by the authorities for such uncivilised behaviour.

Justice must be applied equally. When a person is assaulted and he retaliates, both the accused and victim are brought before the courts, and penalties are meted out accordingly.

When we are offended by remarks, we should first try to understand why the remarks were made.

Justice must be applied equally. When a person is assaulted and he retaliates, both the accused and victim are brought before the courts, and penalties are meted out accordingly.

If there is some truth, maybe we should change ourselves - or if they are untrue, then we must explain and educate the misinformed.

Peter Chang Thaim Meng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2015, with the headline 'No tolerating uncivilised behaviour'. Print Edition | Subscribe