The vandalized murals of Malaysia’s leaders were scrubbed clean this afternoon after they were reportedly spray-painted with profanities earlier in the morning.
The murals by artists Muhammad Suhaimi Ali, Abdul Hadi Ramli, and Muhamad Firdaus Nordin located on one of the walls of Taman Cahaya Alam in the Shah Alam district had depicted Malaysia’s Agong Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, and Health Director-General Noor Hisham.
This morning, they were splattered with red paint and derogatory words like “babi” (“pig”) and “bangsat” (“son of a bitch”).
Portraits of Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Islamic Affairs Minister Zulkifli Mohamad, however, were untouched, a video by Twitter user @MrJamesLabu showed. But the whole artwork, measuring roughly 10m long, has been removed.
The murals went up three weeks ago as a tribute to the nation’s “COVID-19 heroes.” Noor Hisham and the Agong had also taken photos with their respective portraits.
One of the artists behind the artwork took to social media to express disappointment over the vandals.
“I’m sorry, there are no more murals for everyone to take photos with,” Suhaimi, 27, said, sharing photos of the wall previously adorned with his work.
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