MBSA lodges police report over vandalised murals

MBSA workers using the white paint to cover the Agong and Prime Minister mural painting at Section U12 Shah Alam.

SHAH ALAM: The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has lodged a police report on the vandalised murals of the country’s leaders in Shah Alam, and has repainted the affected wall with white paint.

This was following a post on Twitter that the mural featuring portraits of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, among others, had been defaced with red paint and derogatory words.

“MBSA views seriously the action by irresponsible parties who vandalised the murals at the Taman Cahaya Alam commercial area in Section U12, ” said MBSA corporate communications head Shahrin Ahmad in a statement.

“Such acts of vandalism are deeply regretted because the mural serves as an appreciation of the role and contribution of all parties, particularly national leaders, who have worked hard and are committed in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, ” he added.

Following the incident, Shahrin said MBSA took immediate action by repainting the wall with white paint and lodging a police report at the Section 6 Police Station in Shah Alam.

“MBSA will take stern action against any parties that commit vandalism in public places. Action will be taken under the Vandalism Bylaw (MBSA) 2005 on offenders found guilty of such acts.

“MBSA would also like to advise all parties to refer to the council before starting any mural painting activities in public spaces under MBSA’s administration, ” he added.

The murals painted by three young artists - Muhammad Suhaimi Ali, Muhamad Firdaus Nordin and Abdul Hadi Ramli - also featured other leaders such as Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

During his visit to view the mural, Sultan Abdullah also presented letters of appreciation to the three artists in recognition of their hard work that had gone viral on social media.

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