JOHOR BAHARU – Culture and patriotism themed wall mural arts will perform a dual role to attract foreign tourists to the city and sow love for the nation, especially among youth.
State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said to diversify the attraction, the state government also encouraged those who were keen to have murals on their buildings, to do so.
“Other than Johor Baharu, the Pontian District Council has selected six locations for three-dimensional murals on large walls next month,” he told reporters after attending a #tanahairku campaign programme organised by Petronas, last night.
He said the Pontian products and culture-based murals would be drawn out by local artists in Jalan Al-Saggof, Pontian Trade Centre and Jalan Bakek.
He also commended Petronas for organising the #tanahairku campaign programme which highlighted five murals with patriotic themes on old buildings along Jalan Trus, Jalan Dhoby and Jalan Ibrahim in conjunction with National Day.
Meanwhile, Johor Baharu city mayor A.Rahim Nin said the city council would cooperate with Petronas to upgrade and beautify the wall murals by installing lamps on the buildings concerned.
The city council would also install spotlights to light up the murals at night at Karat Bazaar, he added.
Petronas Strategic Communication senior general manager Norliza Kamaruddin said such programmes could attract the interest of the young generations and simultaneously act as the best conduit to remind youths of National Day.
“Other than Johor, Sarawak and Sabah have been picked involving 22 artists to conduct wall mural drawings,” he said.
In conjunction with National Day, Petronas had also shot a five-minute web film containing elements of friendship and social unity titled ‘Akrab’, about three friends who undertook a long journey to witness the shouts of ‘Merdeka’. – BERNAMA