Francis Light statue in Penang vandalised with red paint

GEORGE TOWN: Vandals have splashed red paint on the statue of George Town founder Captain Francis Light here.

The statue was erected 84 years ago to commemorate Francis Light's contribution to the founding of George Town.

Checks by The Star showed that the statue had been cleaned but some paint marks were still visible.

The statue is a historical landmark in Penang and is located within the grounds of the famous Fort Cornwallis here.

It was sculpted by FJ Wilcoxson and cast at Burton's Foundry in Thames Ditton, England. It was erected to celebrate the 150th anniversary of George Town.

The bronze statue used to have a sword, which has been missing since World War 2.

It is believed that the sword was taken by the Japanese who removed the statue during their occupation of Penang in 1942.

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