Artist heartbroken over mural vandalism

  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 Jul 2020

KLANG: Mural artist Muhammad Suhaimi Ali (pic) is heartbroken and disillusioned that portraits painted by him and two of his friends on the wall of a row of shophouses in Shah Alam were defaced.

"It is a sad turn of events for me and my friends.

"We had put in so much effort to create the murals and someone actually had the audacity to destroy them.

"It also makes me very angry," said Muhammad Suhaimi, 27, who had conceptualised the project and implemented it with the help of his friends Muhamad Firdaus Nordin, 26, and Abdul Hadi Ramli, 27.

The trio had painted the portraits of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Senior Minister (Security) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Senator Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

The murals had adorned the walls of a building at Taman Cahaya Alam in Section U12 and received a stream of visitors including Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah as well as Dr Noor Hisham.

According to Muhammad Suhaimi, the Prime Minister was scheduled to visit the site this week.

"But the murals have already been removed by the local authorities," he said.

The portraits of the King and Dr Noor Hisham were painted by Muhammad Suhaimi whilst his friends painted the other personalities.

When asked if he would be repainting the murals, Muhammad Suhaimi said he would be doing it again in the near future.

"I currently have been commissioned to paint some murals which I have to complete first.

"I will start a new project to paint the portraits of these personalities after that," he added.

But first, added Muhammad Suhaimi, he would need to find a vandal-proof location.

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