Cops Trying to Identify “Covid-19 Heroes” Mural Vandals Caught on CCTV

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Defacing of mural triggers anger online.

Police are in the midst of identifying two individuals, believed to be women, for alleged involvement in vandalising the murals of national leaders at Taman Cahaya Alam, Section U12 here, with offensive words.

Shah Alam district police chief ACP Baharudin Mat Taib said that the two individuals were detected from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera recording of a nearby shop.

“We are locating these individuals. Give us time to investigate this incident and we hope no one will issue unnecessary statements,” he said when contacted today.

He said investigations were carried out under Section 504/427 of the Penal Code which carries jail term of up to five years, or a fine, or both, if convicted.

The vandalism on the murals was noticed by a restaurant worker who happened to pass by the area at about 8am today.

Apart from the portraits of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, the wall also featured images of PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and comedians, the late Abam Bocey and Yus Jambu.

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A short video clip showed the eyes of the Agong, Muhyiddin, Abdul Hadi and Dr Noor Hisham crossed out with red graffiti. In the case of the Agong and Abdul Hadi, the word ‘babi’ was scrawled beside them, while on Dr Noor Hisham’s face the word ‘bangsat’ could be seen.

It appears the vandalisers ran out of spray paint, as a half-formed word could be seen in between the space of Dr Noor Hisham and Ismail Sabri.

The murals were the artworks of three young artists, namely, Muhammad Suhaimi Ali, 27, Muhamad Firdaus Nordin, 26, and Abdul Hadi Ramli, 27.

The trio made the mural as a gesture of appreciation towards the country’s leaders and fellow Malaysians for their contributions.

Among those who were reported to have visited the mural include both the Agong and Dr Noor Hisham.

It is believed that the acts of vandalism could have been committed last night, as the murals were still in pristine condition during a visit by Ismail Sabri yesterday evening.

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Shah Alam City Council workers had to repaint the wall in white to erase the badly-affected paintings.

Meanwhile, CCTV footage purportedly showing two individuals defacing the mural went viral on social media tonight.

The footage, which is being shared in the form of a video as well as stills, shows what appears to be two women casually walking up to the mural before proceeding to spray words across it with paint cans.

It ends with the pair disappearing down the alley where the mural was located and back onto the main road after their deed was done.

Although the quality of the footage is relatively poor, sharp-eyed Malaysians have pointed out that one apparent vandal appears to be wearing light-coloured clothing and has long hair that spills past her shoulders, while the other is wearing a light-coloured top and dark trousers, and also has long hair, but tied in a ponytail.