Murals of leaders removed after sprayed with red paint

  • Nation
  • Monday, 20 Jul 2020

Before the vandals stuck: The King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Queen Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah visiting the mural at Taman Cahaya Alam, Seksyen U12, Shah Alam on July 10.

PETALING JAYA: Recently painted murals in Shah Alam featuring the portraits of the country's leaders, including the Health director-general, have been vandalised.

The murals, which had gone viral and attracted the attention of some of the leaders portrayed, were found to have been defaced with red spray paint.

A Twitter user with the handle @MrJamesLabu posted a video depicting the murals of the leaders with their eyes sprayed over, along with derogatory words.

“Who is the person who has such a malicious heart?” the user had said on Monday (July 20), urging for the police and the Shah Alam City Council to take action.

The 14-second video garnered 11,000 retweets on Twitter, with many netizens expressing their anger and outrage.

The same user later posted another picture showing that the murals have now been painted over and completely removed.

The portrait of the King, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, was among the murals painted by artists Muhammad Suhaimi Ali (nickname Miey Ali), 27, and Muhamad Firdaus Nordin, 26, and Abdul Hadi Ramli, 27.

Other leaders featured were Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) 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.

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