GEORGE TOWN - Vandals literally painted parts of inner George Town yellow when they defaced murals, shophouses and cars here with yellow spray paint.
Among the worst affected was the "Little Children On A Bicycle" street art in Armenian Street where a bright yellow "#4.0" was sprayed on the painting of the children and some parts of the bicycle too.
The art piece, depicting a real bicycle and the images of two children painted to look as if they were riding it, was part of the Mirrors George Town street art project created by artist Ernest Zacharevic for the George Town Festival in 2012.
It has since become a tourist attraction in Penang.
The vandals also spray painted "#4.0" on the wooden doors of a souvenir shop, several shoplots, restaurants, cars and murals in Armenian Street, Campbell Street and Cannon Street.
Medical student Ahmad Alibuni Azemi, 21, who travelled all the way from Shah Alam to check out the inner city's famed street art, was dejected to find the "Little Children On A Bicycle" vandalised.
"It's disappointing to see such a nice artwork being destroyed like that. This is just sad."
Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng urged owners of vandalised properties to lodge police reports.
"The murals and street art come under the George Town World Heritage Incorporated. The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has already lodged a police report over the incident.
"We don't know the intention behind the act and we condemn it," said Teh.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said so far only MBPP had lodged a police report.
"We've obtained a CCTV footage of the incident where a man could be seen spray painting the street art in Armenian Street at 3.15am.
"We're confident of identifying the suspect and his accomplices soon," he told a press conference after visiting the places that were vandalised.
Bersih 2.0 vice-chairman Datuk Dr Toh Kim Woon said he suspected that the vandals were trying to sabotage the Bersih 4.0 rally which will be held at the end of the month in Kuala Lumpur.
"I can assure you that this is not done by us.
"Whatever we do to promote Bersih is done in a lawful and peaceful manner such as holding forums, handing out leaflets and promoting our cause through social media," he said.