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Graffiti at Hougang inspired by SingPost vandalism stunt?

A study area at Block 605 Hougang Avenue 4 has become the latest victim of vandals.

The netizen, Alan, who submitted these photos to the citizen journalism website, STOMP, wondered if this was inspired by the vandalism publicity stunt by SingPost.

He said: "Has this become a trend? Is this artwork, graffiti or vandalism? Now not only on mailboxes."

Recently, SingPost had alarmed the public and the police by defacing its own mailboxes in what it later revealed to be part of a publicity campaign.

 


Did SingPost stunt spawn this graffiti?

by Joy Fang

A HOUGANG study area has been vandalised, leading to speculation by netizens that it had been spurred by a recent publicity campaign.

Postal firm Singapore Post's (SingPost) campaign, involving a masked man defacing six post boxes over the New Year weekend, had caused a furore among Singaporeans, who were worried over the wrong message being sent to youths.

SingPost apologised on Wednesday for the "undue alarm and inconvenience caused" by the campaign to promote its involvement with the Youth Olympic Games here.

Mr Alan Tan, 35, wrote to Singapore Press Holdings' citizen-journalism site Stomp, after he spotted spray-painted graffiti on the walls and benches of a study area in Block 605, Hougang Avenue 4, on Wednesday.

He said: "After the news about the vandalised post boxes, this suddenly appeared.

"Is this becoming a trend? Maybe the young people want to get noticed or are trying to copy the masked man."

The shipping agent, who has been a resident in Hougang for 13 years, had previously noticed scribbles on stone tables there, but never so much graffiti.

Agreeing that the act could have been sparked by SingPost's campaign, theatre lecturer Caleb Lee, 26, said: "Singaporeans will grab any given opportunity to rebel. They will just ride on what happened to justify their actions."

Yesterday, Ms Tay Poh Choo, SingPost's vice-president of corporate communications and service excellence, reiterated that its campaign aimed to raise awareness of creativity and self- expression via art and sports.

"We do not condone vandalism," she said.

A spokesman for the Aljunied Town Council, which manages the block's maintenance, said that it has not received reports on this case, but will send a property officer to look into it.

It will clean and monitor the area and work with the authorities on further investigations if necessary, he said.

joyfang@sph.com.sg

 


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