JOHOR BARU - For the past three months, Pauline See Poh Chen has been spending about four hours during weekends drawing murals on a wall of a pre-war shophouse in Jalan Tan Hiok Nee.
The 37-year-old freelance artist, who works as a principal at a newly opened orphanage, hopes to complete her pencil drawing titled Songs of Dream by the end of the year.
Just 20m away from her mural is the wall of a pre-war shophouse in Jalan Pahang where a mural by Lithuanian Ernest Zacharevic was painted over by the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) enforcement team on Friday.
However, See does not have to worry because she has received permission from the building owner for her mural.
She said her painting was a re-enactment of her childhood fantasy, a scene from Alice in Wonderland where human beings, plants and animals co-exist and live harmoniously.
Meanwhile, Cheng Mau Ni, 31, from Hong Kong, who was having breakfast with her Malaysian husband Chan Min Pio, 36, and her parents in Jalan Tan Hiok Nee said it was illegal to paint on walls of private properties in Hong Kong.
"Our local council will take action, similar to what MBJB has done,'' she said, adding that Hong Kong property owners believed graffiti on their buildings would reduce the value of their properties.
A check by The Star in Jalan Pahang found that the area no longer attracted curious on-lookers after Zacharevic's painting was painted over.