Singaporean politics were imported into Hong Kong, where a DBS Bank was vandalized with graffiti targeting prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, his ruling political party, and family.
Photos of the bank outlet spray-painted with the words “Lee Hsien Loong piss off,” “F*** the [People’s Action Party],” and “F*** the Lee Dynasty,” were posted to the Concerned Citizens Band Together for a Better Singapore Facebook group yesterday, where they were reshared nearly 2,000 times.
Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post referred to the “Lee dynasty” as composed of the late former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, and his two sons — current PM Lee Hsien Loong and his brother Lee Hsien Yang.
“[I] think Singaporean[s] better don’t travel to HK for the time being,” said the user who posted them, Wilson Welden. A friend in Hong Kong had shared the photos with him, he said.
A second photo he posted showed a closer look at the graffiti.
DBS Bank told the press yesterday the graffiti was removed as soon as it was discovered Thursday morning.
Many in Hong Kong have been unhappy with Singapore’s prime minister for dismissive remarks he made at the Forbes Global CEO Conference last month.
Speaking about Hong Kong’s protest movement, Lee said its demands “are not demands which are meant to be a program to solve Hong Kong’s problems” but “demands intended to humiliate and bring down the government,” according to The Straits Times.
On Tuesday night, flames engulfed a shop right next to another DBS Branch in Hong Kong.
Videos of the fire show the blaze spreading to the ceiling in front of the bank across from a large crowd and what look to be several rioters picking up bricks in the street. Someone attempts to put out the blaze with an extinguisher until a fire truck rolls up.
No bank employees were injured and the bank was undamaged, a spokesperson said Tuesday. The incident reportedly took place on Yee Wo Street in Causeway Bay.
The streets of Hong Kong have been marred by months of spiraling protests sparked by a now-scrapped extradition bill that have since widened into broader calls for political reform.