JOHOR BARU - A bicycle mounted on the wall of a pre-war shophouse in Jalan Pahang here - as part of an artwork by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic - has been removed by the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB).
Zacharevic's mural on the wall of a shophouse was also painted over by MBJB.
A company secretary, Keng Wee Lee, said she had expected that MBJB would repaint the wall based on its action to whitewash an earlier mural by the artist on a wall in Taman Molek.
Meanwhile, the owner of the building, who declined to be identified, said she supported MBJB's action as Zacharevic did not seek her permission before embarking on his latest venture.
MBJB Mayor Ismail Karim said it had no issues with Zacharevic painting on the walls of commercial properties as long as his works did not portray Johor Baru negatively, or promote products or services.
He said MBJB would repaint the wall where Zacharevic had painted a mural of a Lego woman and a boy riding a bicycle.
Meanwhile, Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad said if MBJB categorised the drawing as an act of vandalism, then it should also look at ways to clean the streets of the city from stickers and illegal advertisements.