“A person who is convicted of vandalism shall be punished with a fine of up to S$2,000, or jail up to three years and caning. Police said they take a serious view of such irresponsible actions and warned that offenders will be dealt with severely.” (Channel Newsasia)
I’d wanted to write a longer post to perhaps persuade the authorities why this lady shouldn’t be punished “severely”. But then I thought, if the authorities sees it fit to throw the book at her – fine and jail [women aren’t caned in S’pore, by the way] – then words would be useless, and something would be more seriously wrong with them.
Give her a warning and let her go.
Lets not be so square in the head, so narrow in the mind, and so uptight about this that we speak of threats of “severe” punishment – and actually carry out these threats or punishments on this lady.
Yes, she painted the roads and pasted stickers on public property. But come on, it’s not like our lives were disrupted, or some calamity befell us because of what she did – or that these were her intentions.
She probably did these with no ill intentions. And indeed, look at her slogans on the stickers – “Press Once Can Already”, “Press To Time Travel”. I thought they were quite cute and creative, to be honest. They brought a smile to my face when I first saw these.
There are more serious criminal cases, I am sure, which the police should be looking into, and for which severe punishments would be justified.
As a friend posted on Facebook:
Please lar, drivers kill people on the road only jail 2 weeks or a few months. Paste a sticker want to jail 3 years plus canning? How is this justice? At the most make this person do some road sweeping corrective action lah.
How about those people who anyhow paste their lousy leaflets on bus stops, why don’t arrest them? They even provide their phone number!
I would also add that perhaps we should stop MPs from defacing our landscape with gigantically frightening billboards instead. This might be worse than just pasting a few light-hearted stickers.
Some more pictures from Sticker Girl: