A couple of popular murals in George Town have been found to be vandalised with #4.0 spray painted in yellow. To me, this appears to be aimed at sparking a public outcry against the Bersih 4 movement.
The photos were pasted on the Facebook page of Penang State Assembly member for Komtar Teh Lai Heng.
In addition, the same #4.0 was spray painted in large letters on the boot of a metallic blue-grey Proton Saga and on the shutter of what looks like a shop.
A resident of George Town heritage zone who saw the defaced murals refused to believe the vandals had anything to do with Bersih 4. “The cause is too serious to stoop so low. (The culprits) are desperate.”
It doesn’t serve any purpose for Bersih supporters to do this, said the resident. “If you want to encourage more support, you don’t destroy the thing (the people) enjoy. Warped thinking for sure did this.”
This is not the first time popular attractions have been vandalised. In 2011, the walls of the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion and Convent Light Street were defaced with racial political statements.