Johor city council sticks to its guns

JOHOR BARU - The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) is not budging from its decision to ensure that the controversial wall graffiti in Taman Mo­lek here is permanently removed.

MBJB public relations officer Aziz Ithnin said the council would continue to remove such art work, as they were not approved.

"Not only will such work portray the state in a negative light, but it will also instil fear among passers-by, especially those visiting the nearby bank.

"Officers were directed to take down the sticker versions of the art, too, and the clearing process was done at about 11am," he said yesterday.

Aziz said the council would conduct regular checks around the vicinity to ensure that such stickers were not put up, as it was classified as vandalism.

"We do not want to encourage others to start street painting at other public spaces or even on privately owned premises as it may lead to other social problems," he said.

Aziz added that those caught being involved in such activities on public properties including at bus stops, markets and multipurpose halls could be slapped with a RM250 fine.

He also said the council had plans to allocate space for artists to express their views through graffiti art.

"The council will monitor the art to ensure the paintings reflect the community here," he added.