Penang considers extra CCTV cameras after iconic murals damaged

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PETALING JAYA: The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is reportedly planning to place additional surveillance cameras along the roads with street art after its iconic murals there were targeted by vandals.

The Star quoted MBPP Conservation Department director Noorhanis Noordin as saying that the council had already spent 25% of its RM100,000 annual maintenance allocation to restore vandalised street art this year.

This includes the famous Children on a Bicycle mural on Armenian Street, which the report said had been splattered with wax, splashed with curry, spray-painted yellow and covered with advertisements.

Another mural on Ah Quee Street, depicting a boy with his pet dinosaur, was also damaged by vandals who left black scribbles all over the boy’s face.

According to Noorhanis, other vandalised murals and street metal sculptures included those on Armenian Street, Acheen Street and Kampung Kolam Road.

The issue of vandalism has been in the news of late, with several brand new MRT stations sustaining damage barely 10 days into operation.

MRT Corp Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations director Najmuddin Abdullah told Bernama that at the Maluri MRT station, two toilet bowls were damaged, while a door knob and faucet were found broken.

Ten benches at the Merdeka MRT station were scraped with sharp objects, while the wall featuring the Rukunegara principles was climbed on by children.

At the Bukit Bintang station, meanwhile, rubbish was strewn about and newly-planted trees were deliberately removed, trampled on and destroyed.

Najmuddin said the cost of repairs and cleaning services would amount to RM10,000.

Acts of vandalism surfacing at MRT stations