Vandalism At Marine Parade MRT
What’s becoming of Singapore? A blatant act of vandalism was spotted an image of a woman wearing a tudung on the artwork of upcoming Marine Parade MRT station.
And it wasn’t any old vandalism, but racist vandalism — The word “terrorist” was written on a piece of paper that was stuck onto the photo of the hijab with adhesive, reported The New Paper.
It was spotted by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) undergraduate Haikal Latiff on Thursday (June, 1) as he was on the pedestrian walkway along Parc Seabreeze condominium on Joo Chiat Road.
The 26-year-old tweeted a photo of the vandalised artwork, along with a caption that has since been edited, as his initial tweet stated the wrong MRT station:
Flagrant act of vandalism, spotted on the hoarding around the upcoming Bayshore station last night. pic.twitter.com/WRWSIbFjnT
— Haikal Latiff (@hkltf) June 2, 2017
He told Channel NewsAsia:
I was kind of shocked that … a cartoon would invite a remark like that, it made me think about how Islamophobia is taking shape, even in Singapore. We hear about it in news stories about foreign countries, and it feels very far away. But when you witness something like that happening in Singapore, it really hits home.
The Land Transport Authority has been contacted, and according to The New Paper, the contractor has made a police report.
Investigations are ongoing.
Singaporeans have mostly condemned whoever the culprit is.
Facebook user Michelle Tan nad Yan A Le said choice words to say about him:
Other horrified netizens hoped the culprit would be caught, or at least leave Singapore:
Hate Speech Not Welcomed
We hope that the vandalism isn’t done by a Singaporean — we’ve been taught since young that multiracialism is at the heart of our country’s identity, and we recite the pledge that says we are Singaporeans regardless of race, language or religion.
Hate speech of any sort is not welcomed in this country, and our fellow countrymen will not hesitant to speak up against it.
Featured image from Twitter