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SPF WARNS OF LOANSHARKS WITH O$P$ ARTWORK DISPLAY

A photo of an artwork advertisement by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) emerged online about staying away from loansharking activities.

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The artwork, which came in the form of a standee was seen at Vista Point in Woodlands and it aims to send its direct message of staying away from loansharking activities straight to people who have came across the standee.

It also warns viewers that getting involved with loansharking activities will give them a ‘life they will regret’.

Realistic artwork

The design of the standee seems to show a typical unit in a housing estate with the walls surrounding the entrance of the unit splashed with paint with the typical ‘O$P$’ sign which are typical of disturbance from loansharks.

‘O$P$’ stands for ‘Owe Money, Pay Money’.

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On the right of the unit’s entrance, the orange coloured walls seems to depict a fire, which is another typical modus operandi of disturbance by these loansharks.

It came together with a strong message to stay away from ‘Ah Longs’, which is a slang for what loansharks are called right here in Singapore.

People are advised to call 1800-X-AH-LONG (1800-9-24-5664) which is the hotline number to report about loansharking activities should they come across them.

Netizen’s comments

Netizens who saw the standee by the SPF have commented on it and here are some of the comments:

  • It would be more realistic if they splashed the gate itself with red paint.
  • Bicycle chain on gate is a bigger offence. And maybe splash paint not aesthetic haha. Model so visual noisy already haha
  • Nice unit number. Would have been nicer if all 9’s lol
  • This installation is missing the prank grab/foodpanda orders ah long send to the debtor
  • Magnificent piece of avant-grade installation by the SPF. 10/10, Love the dashing contrast of red and black to symbolise the many struggles of life on this little red dot.

Keep away from loansharking activities

The standee might have been eye opening and we hope that it eventually serves its purpose to deter people from borrowing from loan sharks or worse, being a part of them.

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