Nicole Seah pleads for leniency in ‘My Grandfather Road’ vandal case
Posted by temasektimes on June 6, 2012
Popular young politician Nicole Seah has pleaded for leniency on behalf of a 25 year old woman by the name of ‘Samantha’ who was arrested two days ago for multiple acts of vandalism on public property.
Samantha was suspected of painting graffiti on several roads in Singapore, including the tongue-in-cheek “MY GRANDFATHER ROAD” on Maxwell Road directly facing the Ministry of National Development.
She was also allegedly behind the circular, black-and-white stickers with captions such as “Press to time travel”, “Anyhow press police catch” and “Press to Nirvana” which were pasted along Lau Pa Sat and on road traffic signs along Robinson Road in recent weeks.
In a posting on her Facebook, Nicole Seah wrote that she was surprised at the ‘swift action’ taken against Samantha:
“The arrest of the Sticker Lady has caused a public uproar, because many are understandably disappointed that such swift action was taken against a person who executed street art, against the backdrop of other more serious cases that warranted public attention in the past but were not addressed publicly.”
Nicole explained that she was not advocating a ‘chaotic’ society, but that “we need to acknowledge that there needs to be a certain degree of tolerance for organic, bottom-up creative activities if we want to progress as a cosmopolitan society.”
“We cannot purely enforce economic growth without strengthening our culture. It causes imbalance and limits our true growth as a nation,” she added.
Nicole ended her note by urging the authorities to refrain from meting a severe punishment on Samantha:
“I urge the authorities to refrain from severe penalty, and to treat such incidents that border on the artistic with a light touch, although there still remains the need to be vigilant against acts that threaten public security.”
If convicted, Samantha faced up to three years of imprisonment. Last year, a Swiss vandal was jailed four months for spraying graffiti on SMRT trains.