JOHOR BARU - Cut-outs of the Lego characters that were "removed" by the Johor Baru City Council have been plastered on walls in several locations here.
Aside the disused wall in Taman Molek where a so-called offensive graffiti by Lithuanian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic first appeared, the paper cut-outs are now seen on the walls of nearby empty shop houses.
Similar cut-outs have also appeared in an alley in Jalan Maju, the city's "newspaper street" where several offices and bureaus of the media and publication distributing agencies are located.
Some of the cut-outs, printed to the exact size of the original painting, could be seen pasted on walls in the city centre.
However, a sticker on the wall outside the Chinese cultural museum in Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, in the heart of the city, was found torn down and trashed in a nearby dumpster.
Eric Ku, 42, who brought his family to pose with the cut-outs, said they were disappointed to find the sticker of the woman character missing from the wall when they went there at around 8.30am yesterday.
"I then noticed a crumpled sticker in a pile of rubbish behind the wall. So, I smoothed it out and pasted it back onto the wall.
"My children did not get the chance to see the original painting in Taman Molek so I decided to stop by and take photos of them with the cut-outs after having our breakfast," he said.
Graphic designer Yeoh Jen Han, 24, said he liked the original painting as it was a good expression of creativity but felt that the cut-outs would create a nuisance.