Authorities probing motive behind vandalism of Shah Alam mural, says Hamzah

PETALING JAYA: Authorities are currently probing the motive behind the vandalism of the mural in Shah Alam dedicated to the nation’s leaders, says Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.

According to Hamzah, police are looking into several angles, whether it involved criminal intentions or otherwise.

“The police are investigating this issue. There are several angles that we are looking into - who did it and what kind of person (character) did it.

“Once we get the findings of the investigation, we will announce it.

“We will take action according to the law, ” he told reporters during a press conference in Parliament on Tuesday (July 21).

On Monday (July 20), the mural that adorned a wall at Taman Cahaya Alam in Section U12 was found sprayed with red paint and obscenities.

Police have since said the incident would be investigated for committing mischief and provoking the peace through intentional insult under the Penal Code.

CCTV footage, which made the rounds on social media, shows a car stopping at the alley where the mural was painted.

Two individuals, believed to have defaced the portraits, were seen walking towards the wall where the portraits were painted before leaving.

The mural featured portraits of the King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah, 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 mural was painted to honour their leadership in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was painted by artists 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.

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