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"Hero Is Gone" - Artist Apologises As Shah Alam Council Paints Over Vandalised Murals

"Dear all, I would like to say thank you for the support of my art..."

Cover image via Bernama/Malay Mail & Suhaimi Ali/Facebook

The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) has decided to erase the murals of the national figures that were found vandalised this morning, 20 July

In a statement released today, 20 July, the council said it takes vandalism seriously and have made a police report regarding the defacement done at Taman Cahaya Alam, Section U12.

"This act of vandalism is especially regrettable as the murals were made in appreciation of the role and contributions made by the leaders in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic," it wrote.

MBSA stated that it will paint over the murals in white as a quick measure to cover the destroyed artwork

The council reminded that it will take stern action against those who vandalise public places, which can be charged under its Vandalism Minor Laws 2005.

It also advised the public to consult the council if they have any interest in painting murals in their jurisdiction in the future.

Meanwhile, local artist Suhaimi Ali has apologised to his fans for the removal of his artwork, especially those who have not seen it for themselves

"Dear all, I would like to say thank you for the support of my art and for giving me a chance to show my talent to everyone," he wrote in a Facebook post this afternoon.

"I would like to apologise that the mural at U12 is no longer there for people to come and take pictures," he added while showing pictures of the whitewashed walls.

"Hero is gone [sic]. Thank you, all."

The murals were found vandalised this morning:

The artist was over the moon when the Agong and Datuk Dr Noor Hisham themselves visited the murals: