Damaged murals: The Perak government will take action

BY: Aida Aziz

IPOH: The state government will conserve and restore the murals that are beginning to fade and spoil the scenery, especially those in the city.

Chairman of the State Housing and Local Government Committee, Sandrea Ng Shy Ching said that the effort involved many parties, from government, private sector and individuals.

“The murals that exist now, involve the collaboration of the government, agencies, including private sector initiatives and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

“This year is indeed the Year of Visiting Ipoh and next year is the Year of Visiting Perak, so we want to make sure that in this tourist attraction, there is no issue of less attractiveness and faded murals.

“So we will look again at the murals that need (restoration), we have to look at the location of the murals that were originally managed by NGOs, the private sector or the government,” she said.

She said this when asked by reporters regarding the issue of murals in the back alleys around the city which were previously an attraction for visitors but are now becoming more and more neglected and faded.

Sandrea added that previously her party had also submitted a proposal for an allocation to help local authorities (PBT).

” So far we have seen many PBTs in the state that have started initiatives to paint murals.

“Therefore, it would be better if we could get support from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) for these murals to be touched up and brighten the city again.

“Whether we want to create a new (mural) or maintain an existing mural, each mural may have been drawn by a different artist and we have to check each one to see the best way to make sure the mural is ‘rejuvenated’ again,” she added.

Earlier, she was met during a visit  to the Bazar Ramadan Stadium site here today.

Also present, the Mayor of Ipoh, Datuk Rumaizi Baharin.

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