Police probing motive behind vandalism of leaders’ paintings

PETALING JAYA: The authorities are currently investigating the motive behind the defacing of several murals in Shah Alam, dedicated to the nation’s leaders, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin (pic).

The police are looking into several angles, including any criminal intent, he added.

“There are several angles being looked into – who and why they did it and the background of the culprits, ” he told a press conference in Parliament yesterday.

On Monday, the murals adorning the walls at Taman Cahaya Alam in Section U12 were found sprayed with red paint and obscenities.

Police said the act would be probed for committing mischief and provoking peace through intentional insult under the Penal Code.

A video footage showed a car stopping at the alley and two people believed to have defaced the paintings before leaving.

The murals featured portraits of the King, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and others.

In George Town, social activist K. Sudhagaran Stanley Singh was released on police bail after being remanded for a day over an alleged Facebook posting on the defaced mural in Shah Alam.

Counsel RSN Rayer, who confirmed his release, said police obtained a one-day remand following his arrest on Monday.

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