Back in business after removal of decor

The restaurant that previously had communist elements on its billboard.

GEORGE TOWN: A restaurant in Pulau Tikus has been allowed to operate as usual after the removal of a wallpaper featuring communist leader Mao Zedong.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong said the police would, however, close down the premises if the owner decided to put up communist-themed wallpaper in future.

“For now, there are no instructions from the higher authorities to close down the premises. The case will be referred to the deputy public prosecutor after investigations, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Shafee Abd Samad said the case at the restaurant in Bukit Mertajam was still under investigation.

“The owner of the restaurant is still undergoing Covid-19 quarantine. We are still investigating the case, ” he said.

On Saturday, police removed the wallpaper after raiding the premises in Bukit Mertajam following a public tip-off.

The wallpaper featured an image of Mao, a soldier holding a red book and a group of soldiers. Police also seized four small cups bearing Mao’s face and detained the 23-year-old manager of the restaurant for further investigation.

In Johor Baru, police said viral photos of a restaurant displaying images and caricatures with communist elements on billboards here were taken in 2019.

State police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said police conducted a check on the restaurant in Taman Mount Austin at about 3.40pm on Sunday.

“We found the restaurant no longer displaying the images that went viral earlier. According to the restaurant owner, the photos that were making rounds online were taken in 2019.

“The local authority had also taken action on the restaurant previously for displaying billboards that were not in line with the council’s regulations, ” he said.

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