IPOH: Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir is unperturbed by the acts of vandals who splashed red paint on three billboards with his picture in Manjung.
He said this was not the first time such an incident had occurred.
Dr Zambry, who is also Pangkor assemblyman, said similar incidents had occurred in Kuala Kangsar and Bagan Serai before.
“I was told there were some Chinese writings that contained profanities on the billboards.
“However, we cannot make a conclusion as to who was responsible for this as it could also be the work of people who want to create racial tension,” he told reporters after launching the statewide Approach Transformation programme at the state secretariat building here yesterday.
One billboard along the Jalan Lumut-Jalan Iskandar Shah junction, featuring Dr Zambry with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak with the “Tiada Tertinggal, Tiada Terpinggir” motto, was splashed with red paint covering Dr Zambry.
Two other billboards that featured Dr Zambry were also splashed with red paint. One is located in front of the council building while the other along Jalan Sitiawan, near the Manjung Mangrove Park.
It was learnt that a white piece of paper with Chinese characters stating “You be careful” and some profanities was also affixed to the billboards but was taken down by police.
Dr Zambry said he was not surprised as he had received threatening SMSes and all sorts of things had been written in blogs about him.
Meanwhile, Lumut Umno division deputy chief Datuk Ahmad Zamri Samsuddin condemned the vandalism.
“This is puzzling as Barisan Nasional supporters have never done such things against any opposition leaders,” he said after lodging a report at the Manjung district police station yesterday.
The act is probably aimed at tarnishing Dr Zambry's image ahead of Najib's planned visit to Lumut on Thursday.
All the affected billboards have since been taken down by the district council.