Art or vandalism? ‘Limpeh’ lady in trouble with Singapore’s vandalism law
Is it art, or is it vandalism? If it’s Singapore, what could you possibly expect? Most probably a fine, of course: as all the T-shirts say, Singapore’s a fine city. And so Samantha Lo, 27, has been arrested and could face up to three years’ jail and S$2,000 fine because she’s said to have broken the Vandalism Act.
She’s been compared to Banksy, the British street artist whose works have become a worldwide phenomenon.
More than 14,000 people have signed an online petition in support of Samantha, founder of an online arts magazine, who was arrested for sticking messages on traffic signal buttons, including “Press to Time Travel” or “Press to Stop Time”, as well as on suspicion of painting messages on roads reading “My Grandfather Road”.
Her stickers first appeared earlier this year, and included a monochrome image of an older man stylised in black-and-white, with the Hokkien word “Limpeh”. Some said it looked like the old man himself. (You know which old man, surely.)
» Strict Singapore divided by arrest of its own Banksy
(The Guardian, UK)
» Samantha Lo vs Vandalism Act
(The Online Citizen, Singapore)