SINGAPORE – The man who posted an image of a torn Singapore flag on Facebook earlier this month is no longer working for his employer, DBS Bank.
The bank announced this in a Facebook message on Tuesday (August 28).
It said that Mr. Avijit Das Patnaik was consulted for the controversial function, which showed a T-shirt with a depiction of a torn Singapore flag, revealing an Indian flag beneath it.
"DBS strongly rejects such actions by our employees," the bank said in the post. "At the same time, it is fair and right that all employees get the benefit of a fair trial."
The bank added that after the incident a disciplinary committee had been convened and that Patnaik was no longer with the bank from August 24th & # 39 ;.
The Straits Times has asked DBS for further details.
The statue was supposed to first appear on August 14, a day before India's independence day, when Mr. Patnaik shared it on the Singapore Indians and Expats Facebook page.
He placed it next to a caption in Hindi that said "Phir bhi dil hai …", which roughly translates to "Still my heart is …" and refers to a popular Hindi song that talks about always feeling love for the motherland, India.
Many netizens who saw the post, found it offensive, with some complaining that the image was disrespectful to Singapore, because it showed that the flag of Singapore was ripped into shreds.
The image was later removed.
After the incident, when ST contacted Mr. Patnaik, who is a permanent resident of Singapore, he apologized and said he did not want to give offense.
The Singapore Arms and Flag and the National Anthem Act stipulate that nobody should treat the flag with respect. The fine is a maximum fine of $ 1,000.
The police are investigating the incident.