PDRM Have Arrested 2 Vandals Who Sprayed Paint Over Penang Street Signs

Both were released on bail after having their statements taken.

Cover image via Tok Singa Channel (YouTube) & Bernama

Police have detained two men for investigations into vandalism of Penang street signs with Chinese characters

George Town district police chief ACP Soffian Santong.

Image via New Straits Times

According to New Straits Times, George Town district police chief ACP Soffian Santong confirmed the arrests.

The two were taken into custody when they turned themselves in at the police station for questioning.

However, they were released on police bail after having their statements taken.

"We hope to wrap up investigations soon before referring the investigation papers to the deputy public prosecutor for the next course of action," he said.

One of the men arrested, Tok Singa, took to his Facebook page to address his arrest

"After this (arrest), we will be going to court, and we will give our full cooperation to the Royal Malaysia Police," he wrote in the Facebook statement.

"I thank all of you who were present at the North-East District Police Headquarters to support me and Mamu Azmi," he added, referring to his accomplice.

Before turning themselves in, Tok Singa posted a video reiterating their intentions regarding the vandalism

"The case is that we erased Chinese characters on road signs that were pasted by unidentified individuals," Mamu Azmi alleged in the video.

"We will fight until the state government collapses and we will take back this state," he proclaimed.

Tok Singa said, "My intention is not to insult the Chinese or their religion. I have said we want a plural and peaceful society. It's the pasting of the Chinese writings that angered us."

"We are not vandalising. If it is vandalism, we would have removed the sign. We were merely erasing." 

On 26 October, a video of the incident showing two men defacing Penang road signs with spray paint went viral:

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