KUALA LUMPUR: Police have new leads in connection with the vandalism of the mural in Shah Alam recently.
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor (pic) said they were confident of solving the case soon.
“Yes, we have identified the suspects based on intelligence and investigations.
“Currently, we have opened one investigation paper into the case, and CID is handling it,” he told reporters after launching the Sentul police headquarters on Wednesday (July 29).
He said they had new leads to follow up on, but it was too early to divulge the details to the public.
“Give us time to investigate the case. There are many other matters that we need to look into with regard to this case,” he said.
It was reported that authorities were probing the motive behind the vandalism of the mural in Shah Alam dedicated to the nation’s leaders.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said in Parliament on July 21 that police were looking into several angles, including whether it involved criminal intentions.
On Monday July 20, the mural that adorned a wall in Taman Cahaya Alam in Section U12 was found sprayed with red paint and obscenities.
Following this, the police said they would investigate the incident.
CCTV footage, which made the rounds on social media, showed a car stopping at the alley where the mural was painted. Two individuals were seen walking towards the wall and later leaving.
The mural featured portraits of the King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
It was painted as a tribute to their leadership in combating the Covid-19 pandemic.
The mural was painted by artists Muhammad Suhaimi, 27; Muhamad Firdaus Nordin, 26; and Abdul Hadi Ramli, 27.