DBS branch in Hong Kong vandalised with vulgar messages directed at PM Lee, PAP

One of the widely shared images showing the graffiti that was scrawled on the DBS branch in Hong Kong. (PHOTO: Social media)

SINGAPORE — A DBS branch in Hong Kong was vandalised with vulgar graffiti directed at Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the People’s Action Party (PAP).

Responding to Yahoo News Singapore’s queries on Thursday (14 November), a DBS spokesman said the graffiti had been “cleaned off as soon as it was discovered this morning”.

Images of the vandalised DBS branch have been shared widely online, in which vulgar messages – such as “Lee Hsien Loong p**s off!” and “F**k the PAP” – can be seen scrawled in black paint on its exterior walls.

During the Forbes Global CEO Conference in October, Lee gave his views on the situation in Hong Kong, where ongoing protests against the city’s government have recently taken a more violent turn.

In his dialogue with Forbes chairman and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes, Lee emphasised that Hong Kong is “not a country” but a Special Administrative Region and said he found it “very difficult to imagine that ‘one country, two systems’ can continue for another 22 years, until 2047”.

He also noted that a stable Hong Kong was in Singapore’s best interests.

A video circulating on Wednesday showed a shop next to another DBS branch in Hong Kong catching fire amid the protests. In response to queries on that incident a DBS spokesman said that the branch was not damaged by the fire and that its staff were safe.

The locations of the two affected branches in the Chinese territory are unclear.

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