Gang logos on Penang road painted over

GEORGE TOWN - The images said to resemble gang logos in Jalan Delima, Island Glades, were painted in early August this year, according to a resident living along the road.

“I saw a few girls painting the images on the road before a chariot procession took here.

“It is quite unusual as the images are not what you usually see during religious festivals like Thaipusam,” said the resident who declined to be named.

A Penang Hindu Association spokesman said the paintings on the road was done during religious festivals and mainly revolved around floral themes unlike what was seen in Jalan Delima.

He, however, chided the people behind the road painting for including the swastikas.

“The swastika is a symbol of our religion and shouldn’t be on the road where people can step on it or drive over it,” he said.

The spokesman also hoped police would have discussions with religious associations and organisations before banning any symbols believed to be gang logos as some were religious signs.

A check by The Star showed that the main image resembled a ball of fire with blue arrows shooting out.

There were also painted circles with swastikas and the number “4” in them.

A police spokesman said the graffiti was removed by the Public Works Department (JKR) in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, six people including a woman and three suspected members of Gang 04 were arrested at a house in Machang Bubok here.

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said an imitation pistol was recovered.