JOHOR BARU: “Kita Jaga Kita” (We take care of each other), which is Malaysia’s slogan in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as images of frontliners, are among the important messages immortalised in a giant mural fronting Columbia Asia Hospital – Tebrau here.
The 152.4m-wide and 6m-high mural is the product of two local painters – Iskandar Noor Rahim, 41, and Muhamad Razali Abd Aziz, 36 – as well as an assistant.
The mural is also part of an initiative by the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry, National Art Gallery and National Disaster Management Agency in conjunction with the Covid-19’s “Embracing New Norms” campaign aimed at raising awareness of the virus and honouring the services of frontliners in six zones across the country.
According to Iskandar, also known as Akeem, this was his first experience painting a mural on Covid-19, and it was also the largest and longest mural he had painted.
Apart from beautifying the area, the mural is also a sign of appreciation for the sacrifices of frontliners.
“The message we want to convey is that we are all responsible for curbing the spread of Covid-19.
“I hope the community can comply with the standard operating procedures for our common good.
“I feel if people see murals like this on the side of the road, indirectly it will drive home how important following the SOP is at this time, ” he added.
Akeem said he and Razali completed the mural in 10 days using 80 cans of spray paint, four 15-litre paint cans and 10 five-litre paint cans of various colours.
“The main challenge was our idea to paint this Covid-19-themed mural. We did not want this work to replicate anything done before in other places.
“Before we started painting this mural, we released about five other designs but had to rectify them until the last design was accepted by Columbia Hospital and the National Art Gallery, ” he said.
Akeem, who became interested in painting at the age of five, began painting murals full-time in 2010 and has done 200 paintings so far.
Columbia Asia Hospital-Tebrau regional general manager Rahani Yaacob hoped that the mural would inspire the community to work together to curb the spread of Covid-19 more effectively. — Bernama