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Anti-Palestine graffiti has been found in a stairwell at Block 586 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 for the third time. The first instance of vandalism was discovered on February 25, 2024, with the words “*** Palestine Hail Israel” scrawled on the wall. The graffiti was painted over, but a similar message was found scribbled over the fresh coat of paint on March 8, accompanied by lyrics from the song “Kill or Be Killed” by the metal band Spite.


This prompted a TikTok user, @lovebyumm, to make a police report.

However, just six days later, on March 14, yet another piece of anti-Palestine graffiti was found at the same stairwell. This time, alongside the same message, were the lyrics to the song “O Father O Satan O Sun!” by Behemoth, another death metal band.

The police have issued an advisory warning against vandalism, reminding people that it is an offence that carries a punishment of up to three years in jail, between three to eight strokes of the cane, and a fine of up to S$2,000. The advisory stated that the police were alerted to two cases of vandalism on March 9 and March 14, and that they have zero-tolerance for such behavior.

The TikTok user, @lovebyumm, shared images of the graffiti on her social media account, expressing her disappointment and frustration over the repeated offenses. The police are currently investigating the matter and are appealing for any information related to the vandalism.

Local law does not take kindly to vandalism

Michael Fay is an American who gained international attention in 1994 for vandalism and other misconduct committed in Singapore. Fay, who was 18 years old at the time, was accused of spray-painting cars, stealing road signs, and damaging property in Singapore.


Fay’s actions were taken very seriously in Singapore, which has a zero-tolerance policy towards vandalism and other forms of criminal behavior. He was arrested and charged with vandalism, which carries a maximum punishment of seven years in jail, a fine, and caning.

Despite appeals for leniency from the US government, including then-President Bill Clinton, Fay was sentenced to four months in jail, a fine of S$3,500 (US$2,230), and six strokes of the cane. The sentence sparked controversy and debate in both Singapore and the US, with some arguing that the punishment was too harsh, while others believed that it was appropriate given the severity of Fay’s actions.

Fay’s case also highlighted cultural differences between Singapore and the US, particularly in terms of attitudes towards criminal behavior and punishment. In Singapore, vandalism is seen as a serious offense that threatens the social order and safety of the community. As a result, the punishment for such crimes is typically severe, with caning being a common form of punishment.

Fay’s case also led to a diplomatic incident between Singapore and the US, with some Singaporeans feeling that the US was interfering in their country’s legal system. However, the incident also led to a greater understanding and appreciation of cultural differences between the two countries.

Today, Fay’s case is still remembered in Singapore as a cautionary tale about the consequences of criminal behavior and disrespect for the law. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of cultural sensitivity and understanding in international relations.

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