Visitors from Singapore flock to see graffiti

Student Sun Yik En,18, posing for a photo with the wall graffiti of the knife-wielding man in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU - Many people, including those from Singapore, are still flocking to see the graffiti at Taman Molek here, unaware that the work on the wall is actually cut-out stickers of Ernest Zacharevic's original painting.

The cut-outs were put in several places in Taman Molek within hours of the original being painted over at about 4pm on Wednesday. However, by noon yesterday, the cut-outs at the original site had been removed.

A Singaporean businessman, known only as Lim, said he decided to see the graffiti after reading about it on the Internet.

"I did not know that it had been removed, and that this is a paper cut-out," he said, adding that he was still happy as it looked like the real one.

Meanwhile, M.H Goh, 35, who works in Singapore, said that although it was a form of art, it still portrayed Johor in a negative way.

"Maybe the artist can come up with some positive paintings for other parts of the city," he added.

Student Rahimi Abdul Razak, 22, felt the authorities should have just left the work alone after a "policeman" was added to the graffiti.

"There has been so much buzz about this whole thing. I feel it's just a way of cautioning people," he said, adding that the council should also go and remove other worse graffiti in the city.