SINGAPORE - Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong has described the vandalism of the Cenotaph at Esplanade Park - a national monument - as "disrespectful and deplorable".
Vandals had defaced the war memorial with the word "Democracy" and an "X" sprayed on it.
In a Facebook post, Mr Wong said the Cenotaph "honours the individuals who perished in both the First and Second World Wars".
He added that the site commemorates their sacrifices and contributions.
Mr Wong said the "defacement of any National Monument is unacceptable".
"Many have come out to strongly state our disapproval against the act. We hope the perpetrator(s) will be found and firmly dealt with soon," said Mr Wong.
Cleaning works for the Cenotaph have begun and is expected to be completed in the next two days.
Police are currently investigating the matter. - CNA/de
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