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Sticker Lady gets co-opted by establishment

Sticker Lady gets co-opted by establishment

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She does a Vivian Balakrishnan.

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The Sticker Lady has struck again.

This time she spray painted some preachy slogan on the ground, reminding pedestrians to “Stop looking at your phone” while crossing the road — under the auspices of the authorities.

It is part of a collaboration with Sentosa to create a series of so-called gangsta mofo “art” that will be on display for the whole of next month to commemorate Singapore’s National Day.

Meant to be tongue-in-cheek and so gangsta, it has instead elicited tongue-in-cheek comments from Singaporeans.

One Singaporean, Jin Kwai Lan, said: “Wah last time spray here, spray there, spray until can make money from it ah? So indie and hipster ah?”

Another Singaporean, Fan Dui Dang, said: “Not bad ah, like Vivian Balakrishnan.”

Sticker Lady to have a taste of own medicine

Sticker Lady to have a taste of own medicine

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Court to decide if Sticker Lady should be vandalised as punishment.

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Singapore is exploring options of meting out unusual punishment to the Sticker Lady, a.k.a. Samantha Lo, for her role in creating fringe street art that is determined to be vandalism by authorities who are anal-retentive about cleanliness and order.

One way she could be punished is to spray paint her with local sayings on her body.

For example, her arm can be spray painted to say “My Government Arm” and it will be left on her for the duration her spray painted “My Grandfather Road” was left on the ground.

Another way is to paste stickers on various parts of her body.

For instance, a sticker with a local saying such as, “Stare too hard I paiseh”, will be pasted on her forehead and she will be made to parade around in it.

The sticker will be left on her for the duration her stickers with local sayings such as “Anyhow paste kena fine” were left at the buttons at pedestrian crossings.

When asked to comment whether this move is a rumour or grounded in reality, a police spokesperson who did not want to be named said there are plans in the pipeline to showcase Singapore’s creativity.

The spokesperson said: “As the accused does not have scrotum, we cannot cane her like Michael Fay.”

Another sticker artist sought by authorities

Another sticker artist sought by authorities

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If identified, he or she will be awarded the Cultural Medallion for promoting street art last year.

With the recent arrest of Sticker Lady, whose crime was to paste stickers with local sayings at pedestrian crossings that could potentially have caused social upheaval, the authorities are hot on the heels of another yet-to-be-identified sticker artist.

However, this time, the elusive sticker artist sought after will not be arrested.

Rather, it is to confer the Cultural Medallion on him or her.

The Cultural Medallion is the highest cultural honour in Singapore. One of the past recipients include filmmaker Jack Neo.

Appearance of mysterious stickers overnight last year

During the General Election 2011, mysterious stickers started appearing on the streets in Orchard Road bearing the slogans “In George We Trust” and “Who Likes George?”

In George We Trust stickers seen last year during GE2011 at Orchard Road.

The true meaning of these stickers were never made known and the authorities never caught or tracked down the anonymous sticker artist.

It was thought that the stickers’ appearance during the election campaign period in May last year, shortly after which, the PAP’s George Yeo lost Aljunied GRC to the Workers’ Party, was a pure coincidence.

With no political links or clear threat to Singapore’s social fabric established, no arrests were made.

But subsequent valuations of the stickers by government-appointed appraisers discovered that the “In George We Trust” stickers were potentially worth $5 million each.

Taking the lead now to propose this radical move to confer the Cultural Medallion on the unknown artist who created street art with high commercial value is A*SHITASS (Agency for Science History Information Technology Arts Social Sciences), a statutory board tasked with broadening the horizon of Singapore on all possible fronts.

An A*SHITASS spokesperson, Zheng Fu Gou, denied the existence of double standards in allowing these stickers to flourish without incident last year while allocating massive resources to track and arrest Sticker Lady.

He said: “These “In George We Trust” stickers are high in artistic value compared to Sticker Lady’s art, which are lousy and inconsequential and threaten the social cohesiveness of Singapore.”

Zheng added: “There is nothing wrong with neutral expression. We support art and we cannot condone vandalism. It’s that simple. And it is very clear that Sticker Lady’s work borders on full-blown vandalism but not the ‘In George We Trust’ stickers.”

Asked about his opinion regarding this incident, PAP activist Poh Lan Pah said as he ran into oncoming traffic at Rochor Road to avoid reporters: “I seldom stick stickers… erm, I mean, I never stick stickers in my life before!”

Gov’t considers banning Singapore arts festival

Gov’t considers banning Singapore arts festival

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The Singapore Arts Festival will be put on hold next year and might return in 2014 after a review, the National Arts Council (NAC) said today.

The review will chart the festival’s future direction, and “ensure greater alignment to the objectives presented in the Arts and Culture Strategic Review (ACSR), which was published earlier this year”, the council said in a statement.

Insider sources revealed to New Nation that the main cause of concern to the council, was the fact that Singaporeans are getting too artistic for the government’s good. This tension between artistic license and the license to live in Singapore was recently epitomised when a 25 year-old woman nicknamed “sticker lady” was nabbed for spray painting a road.

Though Sticker Lady has reportedly been released following about 20 hours in police lock-up, her laptop and mobile phone have been seized as a precaution in case she designs further damage on Singapore’s infrastructure. Pending further investigations, she is likely to be charged with vandalism.

“It’s not about the road,” said Sun Zhi, a member of the working committee formed to discuss a new working model for the festival.

“It’s the fact that it was vandalism. Same as loansharks. If we bend the law to allow funny vandalism, that will lead us down the slippery slope to condone all vandalism — in front of the Ministry of National Development some more. That only sends a message to our forefathers and our grandfathers that their descendants are not able to protect their roads for them.”

Indeed, the attendance at the Singapore Arts Festival this year shows a worrying trend of Singaporeans being corrupted by works the promote non-Asian values. While ticket sales were more than 70% sold, hows like Language of their Own, LEAR DREAMING, The Best Sex I’ve Ever Had, Advanced Studies in… (Ten Lessons for Life) and Parallel Cities – Roof were completely sold out.

Cultural observers are worried that this could be the start of the condoning of sexual deviance, such as those with straw fetishes.

“Artists are all gay and if the arts festival continues this way, there will be more people having sex with straws stuck up their noses and this will be disastrous for our birth rate,” said Chao Ah Kwa, a law professor from the National University of Singapore.

Yet other experts insist that artistic license should be granted if it was for commercial purposes, such as advertisements for legal moneylenders.

“As a poor man’s bank and micro-loan facility, we are grateful that the government has given us this public space for our marketing campaign,” said Miss Tan, the marketing director of licensed money-lender Ghim Ah Long.

Indeed, Singapore’s pro-business stance and continued bid to be the financial hub of Asia has not gelled well with its simultaneous bid to be a pioneer in the arts — a field dominated by hobos, criminals and people with too much time on their hands.

“Is this a Singapore that you want to see? What’s your solution to the problem? Will you be responsible for your country’s future? Do you want to see more dishonesty and criminality in parliament? Is this your idea of a first world country?” replied Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in a seminar organised for junior college students. He was asked about his thoughts on toilet facilities during the Singapore arts festival.

 

Sticker Lady nabbed, Singapore averts disaster

Sticker Lady nabbed, Singapore averts disaster

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Illegal pasting of stickers at pedestrian crossings could have led to social unrests.

At Maxwell Road earlier this year.

A 25-year-old woman, dubbed as the “Sticker Lady”, has been arrested for creating street art.

Her offence? Pasting stickers with local sayings such as “Anyhow paste kena fine” and “No need to press so many times” at various pedestrian crossings and spray-painting “My Grandfather Road” on the ground owned by the government.

Outside Red Dot Museum within Tanjong Pagar GRC area.

A source familiar with the case and who would only speak on the condition of anonymity, said spray-painting the words “My Grandfather Road” on the streets is a serious offence as it is tantamount to provoking a citizen-led revolution.

The anonymous source said: “People cannot claim ownership of anything in Singapore. Once you awaken that sentiment, Singaporeans might take the next step and demand ownership of HDB flats on a freehold basis.”

Moreover, one of the major reasons the stickers cannot be condoned is because there is a possibility they might cause Singaporeans to imagine they have a sense of humour.

Annie Hou Seh, a student, said: “If Singaporeans appear to have loosened up, they might vote Towards A First World Parliament.”

But this will only be the start of Singapore’s problems.

As the stickers and spray-paint are not bilingual, their presence will cause mainland Chinese who have just moved into Singapore to feel ostracised.

And they might get angry and start shouting even louder.

“The vandal could have gotten away with it if she spray-painted and pasted stickers in English and Mandarin,” said 21-year-old new citizen, Shuo Hua Wen.

This explains why there is a need to impose a serious penalty. If found guilty, the woman can face a maximum $2,000 fine or three years in jail.

However, she will be spared caning as she does not have scrotum.

With such tough sentences, Singaporeans are reminded that there are other things to do that warrant a lighter sentence.

“For example, if you abuse your maid or if she falls out the window, the sentence will still be lighter,” a prominent criminal lawyer, Subananananananana said.

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