Restaurateur called in by cops over communist themed wallpaper

Owners of communist-style decor restaurant escorted by their lawyers in Penang. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Police have questioned a restaurant owner for decorating his two premises with wallpaper containing elements of communist ideology.

The owner, whose restaurants are located at Jalan Icon City in Bukit Mertajam and in Pulau Tikus on the island, landed himself in trouble after photos of his communist-themed premises went viral on social media.

There was a wallpaper which featured caricatures of Chinese Revolution leader Mao Tse-Tung, a soldier holding a red book and a group of Chinese army personnel.

Police also seized four small cups bearing the face of Mao Tse-Tung.

The 41-year-old man and his Chinese national wife turned up at the state police headquarters on Penang Road on Wednesday (Jan 13) accompanied by their lawyer Dev Kumarendran.

"They were called to give statements to the police to assist in investigations.

"The delay in giving their statements is because they are both in quarantine for two weeks since Dec 31," he said.

Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Shafee Samad said acting on a public tip-off, police inspected the premises in Bukit Mertajam at about 12.40pm on Jan 2.

"A police team from D9 and D7 units as well as the district Special Branch visited the premises and thorough checks found several elements of communist ideology on a wallpaper in the restaurant dining area.

"The police seized the wallpaper and four small cups bearing the face of Mao Tse-Tung.

"Investigation found that the restaurant is owned by a 41-year-old man and his Chinese national wife," he said in a statement.

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